Boy Scouts will start accepting girls


"I have no problem with it", says former Cub and Webelos scout Bill Herold.

Reed says the Girl Scouts organization is still the leading program for young women, and have no plans to integrate young men.

"For the boy scout age program which is 11 to 18, that will stay a single gender program", said Larry Brown.

Smaller Cub Scout dens will be either all girls are all boys, while the larger Cub Scout packs will have the option of single-gender or mixed-gender.

We spoke with Stephanie Cortez, with the local Girl Scout program.

The Boy Scouts of America announced a major policy changes Wednesday.

We spoke with a local Girl Scout leader who told us the Girl Scouts aren't surprised at this move, but says it might alter the relationship between the two groups.

"I understand the equality and girls can do anything a boy can do but just confused as to what the goal is behind it", Cathie Roberts said.

"It gives the girls a chance to do everything that the boys do", says Martin Looker, Gladwin Troop 779 Boy Scoutmaster. She said she liked "going river rafting, I could never do that with the Girl Scouts, or going down a zip line that I had to climb 50 ft. up to get to or rock repelling". We have a lot of families that have been asking for this for many years. "We strive to bring what our organization does best - developing character and leadership for young people - to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders".

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It has other co-ed programs: Sea Scouts, Exploring and Stem Scouts.

Girl Scouts president Kathy Hopkinah Hannan wrote earlier in 2017 to the Boy Scouts to oppose their expansion and accuse them of attempting to artificially shore up membership numbers.

In fact, the changes will eventually open the door for girls to reach the scouts' highest honor, eagle scout. Communication specialist for the Girl scouts of Michigan Nalee Xiong does not think it will hinder their participation, but thinks they are better suited to be leading girls. "He went camping, learned survival tips, and I think that is something that he's kind of carried with him", Morgan Naylor said. "Girl Scouts affords those opportunities, so our girls haven't really felt the need elsewhere to develop those skills".

As for 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah, she pointed to one of the badges on her Girl Scout vest, the one with Rosie the Riveter on it flexing her muscle.