Boy Scouts of America opens its doors to girls

The Boy Scouts of America is changing up its 100 years of tradition, by letting girls into the troops now.

Some families in North Dakota are in favor of the decision, while others are questioning the move.

Levent Kilic and his son are active members of Cub Scout Pack 112 in Dickinson, and they might see some new faces in their pack.

"A couple of friends have commented on it. It's all positive. They have daughters and they might try it they said, " said Levent Kilic, cubmaster for Pack 112.

Dickinson has 15 troops for Boy and Cub Scouts, and 23 for Girl Scouts.

Boy Scout officials said the change will make things simpler for parents.

"If you think about it as a parent. The parent can take both kids to one pack instead of two different locations," said Kilic.

Todd Otto, who is a district volunteer, believes the decision is more politically motivated,
in relation to the changes the organization has made in recent years with gay and transgender membership.

"We need to be good steward of the publics dollars that they share with us. Are those monies better spent on lawsuits? I believe they are better spent on our youth learning character and citizenship," said Todd Otto, volunteer for the Northern Lights Council BSA.

Staci Miller, who is a regional director for the Girl Scouts in North Dakota, said she welcomes the competition.

"The most fantastic thing about this is that I have been able to talk about the Girl Scouts a dozen times since yesterday," said Staci Miller, regional director for Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons.

Within the next year you might see a boy and girl on popcorn boxes sold by the the Boy Scouts, but how long will it be before the girls start allowing boys into their troops?

"You know what  . . . not at this time. We truly believe in an all girl lead environment, said Miller.

However, Kilic is looking forward to working with the girls.

"And they will help us sell more popcorn . . . and we might have cookies on our table, " said Kilic.

The Girl Scouts probably won't give up their treats, so Kilic and his pack will have to settle for popcorn for now.

Officials with the Boy Scouts said they will start integrating girls into the troops next Fall for grades Kindergarten through 5th and then older kids, 6th grade through high school, in 2019.

 


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