Locals react to Boy Scouts decision to admit girls

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HARRISON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - The Boy Scouts of America made a big announcement on Oct. 11, which will allow girls to be Cub Scouts. They'll be able to even earn the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the organization's highest honor.

The Scouting board of directors voted unanimously to make this historic change. They say starting next year, young girls can join the Cub Scout units, which are called dens. Local scouting organizations can choose to have dens for girls and for boys. A separate program for older girls will be available in 2019.

"Our mission is to work to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling the values of the Scouts and the law," said Jeff Doty, Scout Executive for the Mountaineer Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. "If we have more opportunities to serve more kids and do that, that's a good thing."

Local troops are now waiting to see what is the exact day this decision will go into effect. Meanwhile, some locals feel stunned about the announcement.

"I am a firm believer in that sometimes having female dominated spaces is a good thing," said Caitlin Belcher, a local who was part of the Girls Scouts. "Especially with young women who need the opportunity to grow and to shine on their own."

The program has been already admitting girls to four different programs.