Local Boy Scouts don't agree with allowing girls to join

For the first time in history the Boy Scouts will allow girls to join

For the first time in history the Boy Scouts will allow girls to participate. 

"First grade, when I was seven years old is when I started Cub Scouts," said Christopher Nave Eagle Scout with Troop 21 in Athens. 

Starting in 2018 girls will also be allowed to join the Boy Scouts, Cub Scout program.  "My husband was reading something, and then he told me about it, I go 'that's cool,' I thought it was pretty neat," said Sandra Jeffers Cub Scout den leader. 

The organization says the historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls to join. Also, to help families consolidate programs for their children.

"Cub Scouts the family is very important so you have parents who come and they sit in the meetings, because our meetings are typically an hour long,” explained Jeffers.

Older girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. "I'm not really thrilled about that, it's called Boy Scouts for a reason. Girl Scouts has their Girl Scouts. Like one of my friends last year, she's a Girl Scout and just got through with it, and got scholarships and enjoyed it, she loved it,” said Nave. 

Existing packs may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack. 

"The problem is in implementation, it could be one more distraction for a whole bunch of volunteers to try to accommodate not only young girls but women who are the chaperons and leaders of those girls," said David Smith assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 633 in Huntsville. 

Some people WZDX spoke to believe the move is to increase Boy Scouts' declining membership.


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