‘Boy Scouts’ not just for the boys anymore; girls join West Michigan Troop

BELMONT, Mich. – On the first if the year, the Boy Scouts of America have done something out of the ordinary: They let in girls.

It’s a change many feel was long overdue in the organization’s history that spans more than 100 years and an arrangement many troops nationwide had been following for years.

“It’s been there around the country, anyways,” said Steven Boyer, assistant Cubmaster of Troop 3283 in Belmont. “So they just said, You know what? They’re doing it anyways. Let’s let them be part of the pack and let them be part of the family.”

And for many families, this is great news. Now entire families of scouts can get involved in the time-tested program, free of restrictions.

“They’re part of the family – the Cub Scout family,” said Boyer, “the Scouting family. So it may be ‘Boy Scouts of America,’ but really it’s ‘Scouting of America.’”

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