Local Eagle Scout agrees with Boy Scouts' decision to let girls in
BRYAN, OH (WNWO) —
Jeremy Stokes is a father of four girls and a boy.
He's been involved in Boy Scouts since he was a kid, eventually earning his Eagle Scout honor, the highest accomplishment a Boy Scout can achieve.
When he heard news of the Boy Scouts of America officially letting girls become Cub Scouts he was ecstatic.
"What a great idea to have boys and girls get together at an earlier age and start working together and start communicating and learning how each other work," said Stokes.
Boy Scouts has offered co-ed programs since 1971, this simply makes girls eligible for the program sooner.
"They can put the work in, they can earn the merit badges and they can go through the steps just like the boys do and they can earn the highest achievement in scouting is the Eagle Scout," said Stokes.
Boy Scouts of America releasing a statement regarding the decision reading in part:
"This decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls…starting in 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts."
When Stokes told his daughters about the change in the program they couldn't contain themselves.
"The excitement of camping in the tent, they can cook, they can shoot the guns, they can climb the tower and get in the canoes...just the whole experience," said Stokes.