More than 100-years after its founding, the Boy Scouts of America makes changes. Starting February 1st, girls can officially join the once boys-only club.
Now, girls across the country are able to register with the organization. Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America communications manager Beth Costa says Scouts BSA gives girls a chance to explore new opportunities across the Stateline.
“[Learn about] leadership skills, being good citizens,” said Costa. “Before we’ve only been able to offer that to boys and young men, so know, to be able to offer that to young ladies as well, is only going to make our communities better.”
The program is designed to have ‘boys only’ and ‘girls only’ troops, Costa says those interested in joining have seen the benefits within their families.
“They’ve seen what their brothers are getting to do and they wanted to be part of that,” sad Costa. “So, they are very, very excited.”
One of those girls is Beth’s daughter Julia, she says she jumped at the chance to register.
“I’ve been wanting to join Scouts my whole life,” said Julia Costa. “I’ve seen how amazing it is and how he’s grown with it. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.”
The Boy Scouts of America says it will recognize its first class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020, it’s highest rank in the organization.
“We know time and time again from feedback that we’ve gotten from companies and people who do hiring that that makes a difference,” said Beth Costa.
Julia says now, she’ll have an opportunity to achieve the honor herself.
“That journey alone is life-changing for some people. I’m really excited to be able to have that opportunity.”
In Rockford, there are three girl troops already formed.
For Julia, joining is a long time coming.
“I watched and wanted to be a part of it and finally being able to is really amazing.”
For information in how to register, click here.