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Meet the ceiling-shattering girls joining the Cub Scouts
Last October, leaders from Boy Scouts of America surprised everyone when they announced Cub Scout enrollment, for kids ages 7 to 10, would open up to girls.
“For many years, girls have been the unofficial, unregistered members on the sidelines of [scout] meetings and outings,” said Ethan Draddy, CEO of the New York City branch of Boy Scouts of America, noting that parents of scouting sons sometimes bring daughters along to events. “Those families have been asking us . . . ‘Why can’t my daughter register?’ ”
As of this school year, they can. Since last spring’s pilot program launched, nearly 56,000 girls have joined the Cubs, with 1,260 of them in the five boroughs.
Here are four members of the first local class of girl Cubs.
Kelly Griffith: Pack 164, Yorktown Heights, Westchester
As a sister to three boys (and one girl), Kelly has been attending [Boy] “scout things” her whole life. She remembers wishing she could try whittling, but “it was only for the [boys].”
Now she has her chance. “The other weekend we carved soap,” said the sixth-grader at Mildred E. Strang Middle School. “It was super-duper fun!”
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