Scout leaders honored to have girls joining scouts

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Local girls now have a new opportunity to participate in programs long reserved for boys.

In February, girls ages 11 to 17 were allowed to join Scouts BSA, which was rebranded from Boy Scouts of America. The girls can now earn the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. A year earlier, girls were allowed to join Cub Scouts, the lower-level scouting organization open to first- through fifth-graders.

This week, producers Heather Mongilio and Wyatt Massey spoke with Monica Robyns, scoutmaster for Troop 3017, and Jeff Geyer, Francis Scott Key district commissioner, about the addition of girls to the scouting program.

“The things that Boy Scouts teach [are] not gender-specific at all,” Robyns said. “It’s basically teaching people how to be better humans, better leaders, people with integrity, and that’s genderless. It’s an honor. I love being part of this group of girls.”

Also in the episode, Robyns explained why she got involved in being a troop leader and Geyer talked about the new opportunities local girls can participate in through Scouts BSA.