Boy Scouts allow girls to join their iconic program in February

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WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) -- In June of 2018 girls were allowed to join the Cub Scouts which is the younger age group but now the Boy Scout program is also included.

"Boy Scouts of America has decided that on Feb. 1st that we are launching our scouts BSA program formally known as the Boy Scouts program that is now accepting girls," explained Leanna Holzem, Communications and Special Events Executive for the Boy Scouts of America Samoset Council.

The Boy Scouts of America is letting girls into their main program almost a year after letting girls into their Cub Scouts program.

They said the date speaks for itself. "We had over 71,000 now signed up for our programs which is amazing and we are hearing quite a bit of buzz for our scouts BSA program currently too," said Holzem.

There are around 10 all girl troops forming in north central Wisconsin with growing interest. Boy Scouts of America said it is an opportunity to allow the entire family into their programs and that with the addition of girls there will be no change to their programs.

"All of our values, all of our skills and all of our merit badges that they can be earning as a scout are all going to remain the same. There is not going to be an easy way. Girls can do it just the way boys can do it," explained Holzem.

In response the Girl Scouts sent us a statement --

"Simply put, no organization has put girls first, developed programming around the changing needs of girls, and launched women into pivotal leadership roles from Congress to Fortune 500 CEO’s like the Girl Scouts. For 107 years the Girl Scout organization has been breaking stereotypes, dismantling walls, and cracking glass ceilings and we’re not stopping now!
Girl Scouts deliver a supportive network of challenges and opportunities so girls grow up knowing they can face any challenge, from the wilderness to the boardroom, with confidence, determination and compassion to be the leaders the world needs. Our focus has always been and always will be girls"
--Lee Snodgrass, Director of Communications & Customer Care, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes