Iowa Scout leaders respond to historic change

Boy Scouts soon to allow girls

DES MOINES - Since the announcement at the national level there have been some heated words exchanged especially from national leaders within Girl Scouts. They said it's all a ploy to get more members and money.

Local scout leaders in Iowa have heard mixed reviews about the decision. The CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa said it's best for girls to be in Girl Scouts.

"We know girls want to do outdoor high adventure activities, we know some girls want to make robots, we have that and a wide variety of other things," said Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. 

Bob Hopper of the Mid Iowa Council for Boy Scouts said, "To say this is a membership grab or money grab is not accurate. Will it bring new members? Of course it will. It's a whole new market."

Boy Scouts of America claims it made the monumental change to make it easier for families. They'll start allowing elementary age girls to join Cub Scouts starting next year.

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