Locals react to decision to allow girls in Boy Scouts

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- "I was like yes... so excited. Because it'll give my daughter an opportunity," says Megan Crain.

Megan Crain has seen many sides of scouting. First as a Girl Scout, and now a Boy Scout adult leader.

"I believe that the Girl Scout curriculum is extremely outdated, at least when I was involved, it felt outdated," says Crain.

She hopes to soon welcome her daughter to join Boy Scouts along with her son, and thanks to a recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America, her daughter can do just that.

"It was a decision made that the policy of the Boy Scouts of America would be to move towards including girls," says Immediate Past President for the Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts, Jon Krause.

Krause says they were already headed in this direction.

"We already have an organizatino called Venture Crew. Venture Crew is high school through 21 years old. It has always been co-ed," says Krause.

Krause also believes it's more family-friendly. Local Girl Scout leaders say they feel differently.

"I love both programs. My heart is heavy because I want the best for boys and the best for girls, and I do not believe that this decision achieves that. I have the greatest respect for my local counterparts in the Boy Scout organization, and I'm sure this decision was potentially awkward for them," says Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois CEO, Fiona Cumming.

However, Crain says this change has need to happen for a long time.

"It's no longer, 'Anything you can do I can do better.' It just determines truly who can perform is better versus who has more knowledge."