It’s a new chapter in the Boy Scouts program. For the first time in 109 years, girls can join the group.
“There are a lot of people, I know my daughter is one of them that is happy to see the change,” said John Gliot, Executive Director of the Anthony Wayne Council Boy Scouts of America.
The change comes with a new name for the program for older children. It will now be called ‘Scouts BSA.’
“You’ve seen scouts for years out camping, out hiking, out canoeing, You’ve seen scouts for years doing community service projects, they’re going to do the same thing, it’s just going to be girls that are doing it as well as boys,” Gliot said.
Gliot said girls in Scouts BSA will do the same activities as the boys and can also pursue Eagle Scout status. However, troops will remain gender separate.
“Truth of the matter is they’ve been hanging out with the boys for years,” said Gliot. “We have had sisters and daughters of our leaders attending scout programs within the boy scouts forever. Now it just means that they can receive the same recognitions and awards that the boys have been able to do.”
Nationwide, the scouts say more than 77,000 girls joined the cub scouts when that program was opened up to younger girls last year.
The first all-girls troop in Northeast Indiana is being organized in Auburn. Gliot said a group in Fort Wayne is also in the works.