For the first time, girls proudly don Cub Scouts uniforms

Now that the Boy Scouts are allowing girls to be Cub Scouts, Daniel Garcia and his sister Jordanna can be a part of what the Scouts call "family scouting." (KATU Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Some of the first girls in Oregon put on a Cub Scouts uniform Tuesday.

Boy Scouts of America announced the change to include girls in Cub Scouts a couple months ago. And on Monday girls in the Portland area officially signed up.

Why join the Boy Scouts when there is the Girl Scouts? The two programs are different and unique in their own ways. It is also about the convenience of sisters and brothers being in the same den or troop.

Boy Scouts of America refers to it as “family scouting.”

So the flag ceremony and scout oath at Pack Four’s meeting Tuesday night sounded and looked a little different with the addition of six girls to the Cub Scouts. For the first time in the Cub Scouts’ 88 years, girls are now in the ranks.

Alissa Smith showed off her brand new uniform. She’s ready to be a “bear” in her new Cub Scout den.

“It means to be fierce! And strong!” she said.

And Jordanna Garcia proudly joined her brother Daniel, who’s already in the pack.

“Because he’s actually part of my family, and I really like when he’s here. He helps me feel welcomed,” said Jordanna.

“I just feel like it’s good, because I don’t think it’s fair if just boys get to go into – it’s excluding,” Daniel said.

It’s families like this that led the Boy Scout’s Cascade Pacific Council to speed up the process and open enrollment to girls in January.

“So many of our girls are already unofficially attending scouting events. They’re there because their families are there,” said Kaleen Deatherage, Local Family Scouting chair. “Now they get to wear the uniform. They get to earn the badges and rank advancement.”

And that means eventually girls like Alissa and Jordanna will have the opportunity to earn the Boy Scouts’ highest honor: The Eagle Rank.

“I’m so excited to get my Eagle Scout one day, and I just love to be a Cub Scout,” said Jordanna.

The change did come with a lot of conversation and some controversy. The Girl Scouts organization pushed back when the Boy Scouts announced the change.

The Girl Scouts said it plans to stay committed to a single-gender mission, saying it provides a safe place for girls to learn and lead.

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