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Local Cub Scout Pack Participates In National Pilot Program For Girls

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    Controversy first arose when the Boy Scouts of America made the announcement - that girls could participate too.
    But locally, that hasn't been the case- in fact, one local pack took part in a pilot program to introduce girls to the Cub Scouts.
The decision to join girls and boys in the Scouts - wasn't such a big issue in the four-states.
In fact, in many local packs, girls had already been active members - sort of.
Michelle Smith-Puckett, Mo-Kan District Program Specialist: "Girls have been an unofficial part of our program for awhile, they just haven't been able to earn the recognition, earn the patches, earn the ranks, but their brothers have, so, it's a great opportunity for us to bring that together to have a kinda a one-stop solution for those families to be able to participate in a program together."
Cub Scout Pack 84 was one of the few nationwide that got enough girls interested to take part in a pilot program that began in January.
Despite the national issues Cub Master Megan Gabehart was excited for the opportunity.
Megan Gabehart, Cub Master Pack 84: "I really wasn't worried about the negative feedback, because that wasn't coming from the people it was affecting, it was not coming from my scouting family, it was not coming from my girls or their parents."
Her daughter, Isabel, one of seven girls that signed up - and to participate in the pilot program, you only needed four girls to sign up.
She's part of the special camp taking place in Pittsburg - and already, is leading the ranks.
Although it's all outdoors - in the heat, humidity, and bugs - she's ready to get going.
Isabel Gabehart, 8 years old: "I'm gonna actually get to boy scouts, and be able to be in Scouts while I'm doing it, because I used to not be able to do that because they didn't understand that...there are some girls that do all the hard work and pretty much don't get any of it."
After a successful test of the pilot program, the scouts are now open to girls - and local packs are looking to start recruiting during the back to school season.

Chris Warner
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