Area Cub Scouts council gets its first female recruits

Area Cub Scouts council gets its first female recruits

CHAMPAIGN — More than a dozen girls in East Central Illinois have signed up for Cub Scouts in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America's decision last year to begin accepting girls for the first time this summer.

Steve Adams, interim Scout executive for the Prairielands Council, which serves East Central Illinois and western Indiana, said 15 girls have signed up since the council opened recruiting in June. Most of them are siblings of boys already in Scouts.

Adams said any Cub Scout packs that have girls will have both male and female pack leaders, and dens within the pack will be segregated by gender. He said it would be a "learn as you go" experience for scout leaders.

Right now, the Prairelands Council is recruiting girls only for Cub Scouts, which accepts children up to age 10. In February, girls ages 11-17 will be able to join the Boy Scouts, which will change its name to Scouts BSA.

The Priairelands Council has set a pair of informational meetings on the changes this week in Champaign and Danville. Details are available at its website at