For 108 years boys have been repeating the Scout Oath. Now for the first time, girls in Cub Scouts are also saying the Oath and Scout Law.
Pack 157’s meeting at Powell Presbyterian Church has been on a recruiting frenzy this fall. Nearly half of the Pack’s 100 cub scouts are girls from kindergarten to the 5th grade.
“My daughter Harper Anderson has been an honorary scout all her life,” said Pack 157 Cubmaster Daniel Anderson. “So this year, she has been able to officially be a cub scout. Cub Scouts has always been a family event.”
Around East Tennessee, more than 700 girls have joined Cub Scouts packs, the most among five other Boy Scout Councils in the entire state. A majority of Cub Scout packs in East Tennessee have adopted the family-scouting model. The program will expand more next year.
Sisters have been tagging along with brothers on scouting adventures for years.The change allows them to become officially involved by earning badges.
“I love Cub Scouts. Because my little brother and older brother have been in Cub Scouts longer than me and I’ve always wanted to join,” said female Cub Scout, Harper Anderson.
Female dens must have a trained, registered and uniformed woman in every den. Separate boy dens can be led by moms or dads. The core values of the scouting program have not changed with the addition of girls.
Now, the organization is emphasizing an all-inclusive, family focus.
“I have a girl in Boy Scouts. She is in the Cub Scouts right now, but she will be one of the first in February to bridge over into a new troop,” said leader Crystal Taylor.
Opportunities will expand next February when girls in middle and high school can join Boy Scouts in separate girl-only troops.
For now, Pack 157 is one of the leaders of the pack among Cub Scout units.