Copperas Cove: Boy Scouting isn’t just for the boys anymore

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A local Cub Scout pack is making history as one of the first in Central Texas to allow girls to join.

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In October, the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls could join all Cub Scout programs starting in the fall of 2018.

After an application process, Pack 257 in Copperas Cove was approved to welcome in girls earlier in the year.

Eight-year-old Kendra Ahart has been joining her older brother at Cub Scouts meetings for years.

Now, she’s able to advance through the program just like the boys.

Ahart and two other girls were inducted into the pack last Tuesday.

"They do have that capability,” Cubmaster Tremell Pittman said.

“All the girls have the capability to do exactly what the boys are doing, so why not give them a chance?"

"Everyone's equal,” parent and Cub Scout leader Chandra Spitzer said.

Spitzer’s son and daughter are now both members of Cub Scouts.

"It does not matter if you're a male or a female, you do what you need to do to be the best person you can be, and that's what it comes down to,” she said.

Pittman said there have not been any issues with the transition so far.

The group will need to provide separate spaces for boys and girls during events such as camping trips.