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Girl Scouts speaks out on Boy Scouts accepting girls

Posted at 7:07 AM, Oct 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-16 10:07:35-04

The Boy Scouts are accepting girls. What does this mean for Las Vegas groups?

Local Girl Scouts leaders say no one can do what their organization does. They're still sticking to a totally female environment for their scouts.

They don't think this will affect their numbers at all.

The announcement came earlier this month.

The national Girl Scouts organization told ABC News "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement, and deficient programming, Boy Scouts of America's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls."

This change would allow girls to reach the highest rank of eagle scout. Plus, for some families, it might simplify scheduling.

"When it is girl-only... girls develop a sense of independence and empowerment that they can't get anywhere else," said Linda Bridges, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

They're thinking the change will take effect in 2019.