Local Girl Scouts organization reacts to girls being able to join the Boy Scouts
MEDFORD, Ore —
In a decision that is making history, girls are now allowed to join the Boy Scouts of America.
This plan has been in the works for months, and while there are some people who are all for the change, others like the Girl Scouts organization is not a fan.
"Girl Scouts have over 100 years of experience working with girls, and we know how to work with girl needs and know how to develop them for leaders as tomorrow," says CEO of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Girl Scouts, Karen Hill.
"Research shows that girls learn best in an all girl, girl ED environment where their specific girl needs are met," says Hill.
News 10 reached out to the local Boy Scouts chapter, but no one was available to talk Thursday.
However, we did run into a volunteer who says the new addition is great, and that he knows many girls who are ready to sign up.
In a national statement, the Boy Scouts of America says, "we believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
Those interests include having one program that is convenient for the whole family, but Hill says families will choose what's best for their child and not necessarily what's convenient for them.
"I don't think if they have multiple children they enroll them all in soccer or they enroll them all in tuba lessons or anything," says Hill. "I think most parents make the decision for whats best for specific children."
Whether a person is for or against the new change, this is history in the making.
Girls will be able to join the cub scouts and then in 2019, there will be a program to allow girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.