Earlier this month Scouts BSA, formerly known of Boy Scouts, began to allow girls in. West Sand Lake Troop 525 will soon add its first two girls to its ranks.
“They do really fun stuff, and I really wanted to do that too,” said new recruit Ameila sweet.
Troop 525 is more than 75 years old and has about 20 boys.
For Sweet, joining the scouts is a family affair. Her father is the scout master and brother a scout as well.
“Giving them the opportunity to pursue both similar things, I think is something that is definitely appropriate and is something that frankly should have been done all along,” said Amelia’s father Tim Sweet.
Girls are now allowed into both Scouts BSA and Cub Scouts. Though girls and boys will operate under one troop, there’s a catch.
They will be part of two separate patrols. But Troop 525 said they plan to integrate them as much as possible.
“There are times where they should be separate. Like if we’re camping in a cabin, they should have separate cabins to maintain the privacy,” Tim Sweet said.
There has been push back from the Girl Scouts, who do not have an affiliation with Scouts BSA. They’ve gone as far to sue the BSA.