S.A. Girl Scouts react to girls being allowed into Boy Scouts

One local Girl Scouts organization says that they're program won't change as it's designed specifically for girls.

It's official. After making requests for a year, girls can now become Boy Scouts.

"The values of scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women," said Michael Surbaugh, chief scout executive with Boy Scouts of America.

On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to allow girls starting next year after a unanimous vote by the board of directors.

Smaller Cub Scout dens will be either all girls are all boys, while the larger Cub Scout packs will have the option of single-gender or mixed-gender.  By 2019, older girls can earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children," he added.

KENS 5 talked to the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and they said that they don’t expect many changes to their program.

We spoke with Stephanie Cortez, with the local Girl Scout program.

"Our program is designed specifically for girls and provides the best leadership opportunity available,” Stephanie Cortez said. “Girl Scouts is for girls only and is a single-gender environment."

The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the move. The organization told CBS News that allowing either organization to be mixed-gender strains the century-old bond between the two organizations and that the decision was driven by financial problems and the need to boost revenue.

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