ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
The northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri Girl Scouts office is speaking out after The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that they will be accepting girls into the program as soon as next year.
"I think it's an opportunity for Girl Scouts to educate and inform the general public as well as parents on what Girl Scouts is doing to develop girls' leadership skills," northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri Girl Scouts CEO Joy Wheeler said.
Founded in 1923, the Girl Scouts office says now it's the time to tell their story and why they believe a girls-only organization is best for a girl's leadership development.
"Girls are in a co-ed situation all day, every day and Girl Scouts is the only place where we are developing Girl Scout leadership skills and other incredible developmental skills in a really safe place that's just about meeting her unique needs," Wheeler said. "Parents can give a lot of thought on what's in the best interest of their girls."
"We just want all girls to know that they have a place at Girl Scouts. Here in St. Joe we have 520 girls registered in Girl Scouts," northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri Girl Scouts director Carmen Brown-Jenco said.
KQ2 reached out to the Pony Express Council of the Boy Scouts of America for comment, but they declined to go on camera.
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build strong women of confidence, courage and character all while making the world a better place.
"We know life is really, really complicated today, we know that there's a tremendous amount of different things that's pulling on a parent especially if you have more than one child, but we really need to be thinking about where girls are today and the current state of women in our society and how we can change that through the developmental work that we're doing with young girls who become those future women," Wheeler said.
Local Girl Scout officials say they this integration should not affect future memberships.
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