Lowcountry Scouts React to News of Girls Joining Cub Scouts

October 12, 2017, 9:22 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (MEGAN RIVERS, WTAT-TV) — There are about 2.3 million boy scouts across the nation, but that number could soon be changing.

Earlier this week the Boy Scouts of America announced that they will start allowing girls to be a part of the program as soon as next year.

Here in the Lowcountry, the Duke family says they are okay with girls being allowed to be in the Cub Scouts and say this decision will give them the opportunity to do more events as a family.

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful – those are just a few of the core values young boys are taught as Cub Scouts – life skills Stephen Duke says he bas been learning since he was 10-years-old.

“I’ve never actually had a break,” Duke says. “I went to The Citadel, I volunteered and worked for the Eagle Scouts Association at The Citadel and I worked at the boy scouts national higher adventure space in the summers.”

Duke continues to teach scouts here in the Lowcountry and has worked and earned his way to the top in the scouts.

“I did Aerolite, what’s the highest in Cub Scouts, and then I made it to Eagle Scout in 1991,” Duke says.

Duke has three children. His oldest was away at a camping trip and the youngest two, Keira and Oliver were having some quality brother and sister time when the announcement was made on Tuesday – girls will now be able to become Cub Scouts, Duke says it’s a dream come true.

“The whole family can do it together, so now the girls and the boys could be in the same pack and same troop.” Duke said.

An experience young Oliver says he is excited about.

Girls have always been able to attend events with their brothers, but they couldn’t work towards rewards.

“They could partake, but they couldn’t you know, work for their Aerolite or their Eagle Scout. So with today’s decision, that’s one big change,” Duke says.

Right now Oliver and Keira are too young to be a Cub Scouts, but it doesn’t stop them from preparing, planning, and playing, so one day they can be a part of the same troop.

Duke said the enrollment season is going on right now for Cub Scouts and expects girls to be signing up as soon as this year. Boy Scouts of America said they’ll be creating another program for older girls in 2019.