Good or Bad: Girls to Enroll in Cub Scouts Nationwide

Robert Mangino
April 24, 2018 - 6:35 pm
Girl and Boy Scouts

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Come August, Boy Scouts of America will be allowing girls nationwide to enroll in Cub Scouts. 

The Laurel Highlands Council that includes Allegheny County and parts of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania chose to be a part of the early rollout, allowing girls to join the Cub Scouts sooner.

Daniel Sullivan, Director of Development at the Laurel Highlands Council told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “The overwhelming majority of families said they not only wanted a program where they could put their entire family and engage as a family unit but saw the values, leadership, and character development skills that the Boy Scouts of America teach that they wanted to also be involved.”

“A lot of our current families that have daughters and sisters want to have the same experience as their brothers or their dads had during their youth.”

Sullivan also said, “Current and future parents want this program and opportunity for their young daughters.  So, while we understand and respect the fact that there are folks out there who may not agree with this decision, but the overwhelming majority of our folks that we have heard from said that they do and we choose to focus on that and look forward to the future and welcoming young girls into our program.”

Sullivan doesn’t see much changing when it comes to having girls join the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  They want to keep things as similar as possible because they know that the young girls and their families are joining because they want the values and recognition that comes with the Boy Scouts of American. 

Girls will be able to officially join Cub Scout packs that didn’t take part in the early enrollment in August and next year girls will be able to join the Boy Scouts.