The Boy Scouts of America program opened up its program to girls Feb. 1.
Now Scouts BSA, the youth program is open to all eligible youth - boys and girls - ages 11-17, but troops will be either all girls or all boys, according the national website. The website says, “This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.”
Some girls in Tea have decided to join the Scouts and start their own troop.
Katelyn Spracklin, a 13-year-old from Tea, who is also a member of Girl Scouts, said she has been interested in Scouts BSA since she was a little girl tagging along to meetings with her brother.
“I thought it was really fun and I always wanted to go camping with them but I couldn’t. That’s why I want to join,” Spracklin said.
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