LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Pitching tents, tying knots and shooting guns are not just for the boys anymore. Now girls can join the Boy Scouts of America.
It is the same pledge, the same exciting and meaningful activities. Only now, young women are signing up for Scouts BSA.
"Girls will form their own troops. They won't be part of boy troops; they'll have their own organizations, they'll have their own units within the troops," said Trish Guglielmi, Scouts BSA liaison, "but they'll still be following the BSA guidelines and activities and programs that have always been available."
The scouts announced the change in 2017. Meeting some controversy as some criticized the move as attempting to be "politically correct." But a dream came true for many nationwide as girls lined up to take the chance -- 77,000 have joined since the younger cub scouts opened ranks last year.
In Florida, seven joined a troop in Tampa while twelve signed up in Gainesville.
"Really all want to be one of the first girls to have Eagle Scout," said 13-years-old Alexis Hewett.. "It's going to be awesome."