First Girls Sworn in as Boy Scouts at State Capitol

It was an honor for young women in Connecticut. More than 100 girls were officially inducted into the Boy Scouts of America at the state capitol today.

For the first time, more than 100 girls were welcomed into the Boy Scouts in Connecticut.

“I’m excited that girls are being let into the Boy Scouts and that they’ll have the opportunity to earn the eagle rank,” said Emily Crisafulli from Glastonbury.

Crisafulli says she tried Girl Scouts but decided it wasn’t for her.

“Girl Scouts was fun, but I think in Boy Scouts I will have more opportunities to go on more camping trips and go outside more.”

“It’s been a great day in the Boy Scouts,” Steven Smith, Boy Scouts of America. “The time has come. Scout me in.”

The organization announced in last 2017 they would allow both boys and girls to become members in effort to be more inclusive.

“We want to have a program that’s family based,” Smith said. “And we would take care of the boys and send the girls on their way. Now we can do both and have a family program.”

“There’s more people to go to camp with, more people to go on trips with and have fun with,” said Alex Pillis from Watertown.

The units, called patrols, be single gender—all boys or all girls. Everyone will have the chance to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

“In order to earn the eagle scout you have to learn how to survive on your own and you need to know first aid and a lot of life skills,” Crisafulli said.

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