Local Scout leaders react to Boy Scouts letting girls in some programs

FILE - In this Monday, May 29, 2017 file photo, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts salute during a Memorial Day ceremony in Linden, Mich. On Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. (Jake May/The Flint Journal - via AP)

RAYMOND (WGME) -- The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will be accepted.

Some local leaders say they're for the change.

Scout officials at Camp Hinds Scout Training Center in Raymond say the move to add girls to the Boy Scouts of America has been in the works for some time and it’s been requested by families for years.

The national offices of the Boy Scouts announced the shift Wednesday, but programs for girls won’t be available until 2018.

They also announced that there is a projected implementation for 2019 to deliver the Boy Scout Program to Girls, which would allow them to reach the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

When children enter the Cub Scouts, they will enter single-gender Cub Scout dens, which belong to a larger “pack” those packs can be co-ed.

Eric Tarbox, the CEO of the Pint Tree Council, says this makes it easier for families to do something together.

“Over the years, many people have said, ‘I want what scouting gives to my son for my daughter, I want my daughter to have the leadership, the excitement, the outdoors, the team building, the stresses of learning how to lead other children and the development that that brings,’” Tarbox said.

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