ASHLAND, Ore. -- The girls I spoke to today are very excited.
"When I heard that I could join because they are letting girls into scouting it was so it was just such a big privilege for me," said Payshens Cichy, a new Scout.
It's not the troop you might expect. These girls are joining the Boy Scouts of America.
"I got told I could and then I joined," said Chyna-Noel Crossett, also a brand new Scout.
They want to join for a variety of reasons. These are the biggest reasons I've heard:
"Pinewood derby," said Crossett.
"I love hiking, camping has also been one of my favorites," said Cichy.
For another girl, though, the Boy Scouts are a treasured family tradition.
Magnolia Schnobrich a new scout says "Well my dad is a third generation Eagle Scout," said Magnolia Schnobrich, who had joined the Boy Scouts along with Crossett and Cichy."
Now Schnobrich can carry on the tradition and be, as she called it, "the 4th generation Eagle Scout."
Last May, the Boy Scouts of America made the official announcement that girls can join — and with that, they also decided to change their name. This Friday, the Boy Scouts of America become "Scouts BSA." The organization even made new books.
"All the pictures are girls," Schnobrich said. "Instead of saying 'he/him' it says 'she/hers.'"
Now the girls can start earning patches — just like their brothers and dads.
"Definitely join us, because it's going to be so much fun," Schnobrich said.
If you are interested in joining, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the YMCA in Ashland: 541-482-9622
I did reach out to the Girls Scouts in Southern Oregon. They referred me to a statement they posted in May when the Boy Scouts of America made their announcement:
Girl Scouts' focus is, and always has been, on providing a one-of-a-kind leadership development experience for girls. Our unsurpassed, girl-centered programs are uniquely designed to help girls reach their full potential and compete on a playing field that is still, regrettably, not a level one. Regardless of Boy Scouts' name changes or marketing campaigns, Girl Scouts is and will remain the best leadership development organization for girls.