By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017
U.S. Air Force
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Boy Scouts of America announced earlier this week that they will begin admitting females beginning next year.
Leaders say the move was driven by requests from families.
BSA is also establishing a new program for older girls to attain the coveted "Eagle Scout" rank.
The organization allowing girls is just the latest of a string of recent changes. BSA has also agreed to accept openly gay members and transgender boys.
When WCTV spoke with people in Tallahassee, they were divided on the issue.
"Separate is never equal," said Barbara White. "I think girls are just as in need of exposure to wilderness experiences."
"I don't think they should allow boys with the girls," Terry Delavaldene said. "They do totally different things. I don't think it's good."
A Boy Scouts official says the values of the group are important for both young men and women.