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Local Scouts react to Boy Scouts allowing girls

Local Scouts react to Boy Scouts...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts announced they will be allowing girls to join the Cub Scouts starting next year. 

The announcement also included plans to create a program for older girls that uses the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts. 

When you flip through Orcutt resident Fred Carbone's son's Eagle Scout scrapbook, you'll see some girls sprinkled in the photos with the Orcutt based troop.

"We had a lot of kids that had sisters that went through all the activities that the boys did. They couldn't wear the uniforms, they couldn't get the pins, they couldn't get the belt buckles but they got to shoot the bb guns, they got to do the climbing, they got to learn how to build a fire and they got to camp out," Carbone says.

Now those opportunities are becoming available to all girls. 

Carbone agrees with this decision, telling us: "If you look worldwide, most of the scouting organizations are co-ed. You don't find it separate except in the united states and a few other countries."

But many Girl Scouts are actually against this idea. Local Girl Scout Troop Leader Julie Sainz says: "I think they should just stick with the Boy Scouts and that way it will be a lot easier for them to do events and outings and everything as well." 

As a female engineer who works with many men, Sainz believes female only groups are necessary.

"I'm outnumbered by males everywhere so having that own little group of just females - each girl gets to stand up and become a leader without anyone trying to bring them down," she explains. 

Sainz says if the girls want to do activities similar to the Boy Scouts, they just have to ask their troop leader.

Carbone feels however, this change may be one of the few ways left to make scouting and their values stay relevant.

"When you look at the Scout law - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent - those are moral values and those moral values are just as relevant today as they were 100 years ago and they're just as relevant for women as they are for men," Carbone explains. 


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