Hilliard Cub Scouts become first girls to advance ranks in Central Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — History in the making as a group of girls became the first in central Ohio to advance to the next rank in Cub Scouts. 

There are several ranks in Cub Scouting: Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.

After a Scout completes Webelos, he or she may receive the Arrow of Light before undergoing the ceremony to become a Boy Scout. 

This decision from the Boy Scouts of America has come with mixed reactions. 

Mariam Tarazi is in pack 148 in Hilliard. 

She’s one of 9 girls to advance to the next rank at Tuesday’s graduation ceremony.

“So you’re just like with your friends doing the same thing that the boys are doing, and you get to shoot arrows and go camping. You can make fires and cook your own food at camp sites,” said Tarazi.

Tarazi and her mother say that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the programs this organization has to offer.

NBC4 reached out to the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council CEO Tammy Wharton who wouldn’t say if she disagreed with Boy Scouts of America’s inclusion of girls. 

However, she does feel strongly that girls belong in Girl Scouts. Wharton is also aware of what she says are misconception about the programs the Girl Scouts have to offer. She said it is not just about cookies and crafts.

“We do have the adventure, the outdoor education. High award stem education entrepreneurship and a wide array of activities for girls to participate in,” said Wharton.

Wharton stressed how the programs in Girl Scouts are specifically designed for girls, but Cassie Ferguson with the Boy Scouts of America tells said its programs can benefit boys and girls.

“We have had girls in our program since the 80s in our Venturing program, so our programming and leadership development, character building life skills are for everyone they are not specifically just for boys,” said Ferguson.

Officials with Boy Scouts say they will change its name to “Scouts BSA”.

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