RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of girls will be joining thousands of boys as Cub Scouts in Central Virginia.
The Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Heart of Virginia Council, which serves 24 counties and four cities across Central Virginia, announced Tuesday they’ve registered 525 girls to Cub Scout Packs.
The National Council of BSA announced in October 2017 that local councils could accept girls in 2018. Boy Scout leaders said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.
With still a month and a half left in recruiting efforts, the Heart of Virginia Council exceeded their goal of signing up 300 girls this year.
“We are thrilled to serve the whole family and welcome the first girls into Cub Scouting,” George M. McGovern, the organization’s 11th Scout Executive and CEO, said.
The program for older girls is expected to start in 2019 and will enable girls to earn the same Eagle Scout rank that has been attained by astronauts, admirals, senators and other luminaries.