MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — Girls can now officially join the Boy Scouts. As of Friday, they can join what is now called Scouts BSA. More than 77,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts, a program for younger children, since 2018. Now, a Mobile girl is breaking barriers. Catie Simpson is one of the first local girls to become a boy scout.

“It’s real exciting to be able to carry on the legacy of scouting, but not just for boys, but for the girls in the 21st century,” said Catie Simpson.

16-year-old Catie Simpson is making history as one of the first out of three girls in Mobile to join Scouts BSA.

“I always wanted to do it. It was just something that wasn’t possible for a long time,” said Simpson. Growing up, Catie watched her brother and father achieve higher and higher ranks as boy scouts. Her dad, Charlie Simpson, is an Assistant Scout Master and says he’s happy his daughter’s dreams are becoming a reality.

“It was never anything Catie could do. There wasn’t an avenue, but now that there is, it’s very exciting to experience some of those things,” he said.

Memories are already being made. For Simpson, putting on the uniform is very special knowing the organization has come together as one.

“It’s probably unlike any other experience because there is a lot of weight to wear it. There is a lot of respect that you have for the uniform. Every piece means something,” she said.

The decision is controversial. In our area, there are just two troops– one in Mobile and one in Daphne that currently allow girls.

“At first, we thought the boys would be like ‘we don’t understand what’s going on,’ but they’ve been very receptive. They like it, they get along,” said Simpson.

Simpson says the scouts mission is to teach kids to work together regardless of gender.

“Our program has been one of the best youth development programs around for a long time, but we really only focused on 50 percent of the youth. So now that everyone is able to be involved, spread that information and develop youth and hopefully impact our country,” he said.

They’re encouraging more female teenagers to join. “If you are worried about starting it, don’t even worry about it, because everybody is a community here and we are all supportive,” said Catie.

Memories are already being made. For Simpson, placing on the uniform is very special understanding the enterprise has come collectively as one.

“It’s in all likelihood not like every other experience because there is a lot of weight to carry it. There is a lot of respect that you have for the uniform. Every piece manner something,” she said.

The selection is debatable. In our region, there are just troops– one in Mobile and one in Daphne that currently allow women.

“At first, we idea the lads would be like ‘we do not recognize what is occurring,’ however they have been very receptive. They find it irresistible, they get along,” stated Simpson.

Simpson says the scouts task is to educate kids to paintings together regardless of gender.

“Our software has been one of the great kids development programs around for a long time, but we definitely simplest targeted on 50 percent of the youngsters. So now that everyone is able to be concerned, unfold that records and expand young people and hopefully effect our us of a,” he stated.

They’re encouraging more lady young adults to enroll in.

“If you are concerned approximately starting it, do not even fear about it, because every body is a community here and we are all supportive,” stated Catie.

“It’s real thrilling which will keep on the legacy of scouting, but not only for boys, but for the ladies in the 21st century,” stated Catie Simpson.

16-12 months-antique Catie Simpson is making records as one of the first out of three women in Mobile to join Scouts BSA.

“I always desired to do it. It became simply some thing that wasn’t viable for a long term,” said Simpson.

Growing up, Catie watched her brother and father achieve higher and better ranks as boy scouts. Her dad, Charlie Simpson, is an Assistant Scout Master and says he is happy his daughter’s desires are becoming a fact.

“It became in no way something Catie could do. There wasn’t a road, but now that there may be, it is very exciting to revel in some of the one’s things,” he stated.

Memories are already being made. For Simpson, placing at the uniform may be very unique knowing the company has come collectively as one.

“It’s likely in contrast to any other enjoy because there is a lot of weight to sporting it. There is a lot of admiring which you have for the uniform. Every piece way something,” she stated.

The choice is controversial. In our location, there are just two troops– one in Mobile and one in Daphne that currently permit girls.

“At first, we concept the men would be like ‘we don’t understand what is happening,’ but they’ve been very receptive. They adore it, they get along,” stated Simpson.

Simpson says the scouts’ challenge is to train children to paintings collectively no matter gender.

“Our program has been one of the nice kids’ development applications round for a long term, but we genuinely simplest focused on 50 percent of the youngsters. So now that everybody is able to be concerned, spread that records and develop teens and optimistically effect our u . S . A .,” he said.

They’re encouraging more woman teenagers to sign up for.

“If you are worried about starting it, do not even worry about it, because everybody is a network right here and we’re all supportive,” said Catie.

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