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Boy Scouts will allows girls to join the pack

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HARRISBURG-- After more than 100 years, the Boys Scouts organization will allow girls to join. Girls can now sign up for the cub scouts In Harrisburg. 

Young girls can now become part of the pack--

Sean Dillard, The Committee Chairman for Harrisburg Cub Scout Pack 23--says after the National boy scouts of America announced it would allow girls to join, he immediately got the ball rolling.

Dillard said,"I kinda wanted to get a leg up-- I wanted to kinda test out the program to see how it works.. and to me, it just seems like a great idea."

Children from first through fifth grade can join The Cub Scouts. The program -- aims to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Dillard said the change gives girls the opportunity to go on the same adventures and earn the same badges as the boys. 

But not everyone is on board.

Leaders at the Girl Scouts believe their organization already provides an adventurous and nurturing environment for girls; 'Our mission to create girls of courage confidence and character to make the world a better place. and part of that mission is girls and its focused on girls and that is why it called the Girl Scouts.'

Still, Dillard says other girls disagree and are excited to join. 

Dillard said, "Aja she came to a meeting.. and she just loved it.. she was given the option to be a boys scout or a girls scout.. and she said no... I want to be a boys scout."

 If your child is interested in joining The Boys Scouts of Harrisburg, you can attend a meeting on the 19th, that's next Thursday. It begins at six at the First Presbyterian Church on West Locust Street.

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