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12 October 2017, 09:37 | Opal Carroll
Local Boy Scout leaders welcome the decision to allow girls to join
Walter is excited that starting next year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts.
Under the new plan, Cub Scout dens, which is the smallest unit, will be single gender - either all boys or all girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option of remaining single gender or welcoming both genders.
"It will benefit girls because it gives them the opportunity to do the same different things that the young men are doing now, and there's a great learning opportunity", said Bain.
The organization says it will soon let girls take part in all of its programs, but the move has raised some eyebrows, especially with the Girl Scouts.
We asked Girl Scout Aaliyah Bradix a simple question and got a very direct answer.
There were also some who voiced their support for the decision, praising the organization for embracing inclusion and allowing girls to join the program.
Eagle Scout Jack Kaufman agrees with the organization's recent decision.
"Girls thrive better in a girl-led environment".
"Last year I sold 900 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and got an iPod touch", said Flicker at her dinner table showing off the badges that she has earned as a Girl Scout.
"I think that's pretty cool because other people can decide what they want to do instead of just like if you're a girl, you have to go to certain things", said Ava Roberto of Scranton.
Amanda Duquette, spokeswoman for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Council, cautioned parents who want their daughters to join Boy Scouts that the Girl Scouts has been for girls for more than a century and know what they are doing.
"People were like you can't join, you're a girl", said Leia.
"It drives me insane", he said.
Reasons for fewer members include competition from youth sports leagues, a perception by some families that scouts are old-fashioned and busy schedules that prompt some parents to despair of meeting all their children's obligations.
"By no means are we saying that Boy Scouts doesn't have something great to offer", she said.
In August, a top Girl Scout official accused the Boy Scouts of running a "covert campaign" to recruit girls to increase its declining membership, the Washington Post reported.
One group has criticized the initiative: The Girl Scouts of the USA.
The move comes on the tails of other changes in scouting. "It's the girls, then there is the boys".
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