Local Boy Scout leader speaks out on newest changes to the organization
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
For the first time in history, girls will soon be allowed to join the Boy Scouts.
This comes after the Board of Directors voted unanimously to make the historic change to the organization that's been strictly boys for over 100 years.
It's now being labeled as a family program option where cub scout packs can either be single gender or coed.
The change will go into effect next year.
A local Boy Scout leader said this is an opportunity for girls to get the same recognition as boys.
“Our camps have been gearing and gradually converting to gaining a handle on the influx of women leaders that we've had, and then siblings that come along to some activities, and our high school programs are coed, so we're geared, we're ready,” said Scout Executive and CEO or the Abraham Lincoln Council Boy Scouts of America, Dan O’ Brien.
The program will continue to expand after it starts next year.
In 2019, a new program will be created to allow girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest rank possible.