Boy Scouts of America welcome girls to troops

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Girls have been allowed in Cub Scouts for a while. Now they get to keep moving on with their troop and gain even more experiences.

"I think there are a lot of girls out there that need this in their lives. They don't have access to the camping experiences, the canooing experiences. This will just open new doors for them," said Kerry Florell the Cub Master of Pack 25

The Scouts of America began allowing girls in February.
Each specific troop is either girls or boys, but the curriculum is the same and sometimes they work together.

"I feel like it's been amazing. Even though I've been here a little less than two months," said Maisy Viehl, of Troop 16 I feel like I've learned a lot already and overall it's been a really fun experience."

Nearly two dozen girls have joined Scouts BSA of Southeast Lincoln.
There isn't that much of a difference between boy and girl troops in the Scouts BSA program, except the use of different pronouns in the handbook.

"I'm interested in providing the kids with whatever experience they want. That's where I jump in," said Samantha Cressler, the Scout Master of Girl Troop 16.

While this is the first year, those who have participated say, they know it will open doors for them. Said Isabel Cressler of Troop 16:

"I have big goals because I'm a big goal setter. I really want to achieve eagle scout."