Girl Scouts plan to remain Girl Scouts, even as Boy Scouts have decided to accept girls.
That's the word from Ruth Strawser, director of brand and strategy for the Fort Wayne-based Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana Michiana.
"We don't really comment on how other organizations serve youth but we strongly believe that research shows that girls thrive in a single-gender environment, and that is what we strive for to make girls into better, confident future leaders," she said.
The local girl scout district has about 5,700 girls and 2,500 adult leaders, Strawser said. About that many young people and about 500 fewer adults participate in the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts.
The Boy Scouts at the national level announced this week that Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender, but the larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to accept both boys and girls. Older girls will be able to join in 2019 and advance to become Eagle Scouts.
The change will open the organization to potentially hundreds of thousands of girls.
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