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All-girl Cub Scout pack in Pasco County is a ground-breaking first

Pitching tents more fun than selling cookies
Posted: 4:37 AM, Jun 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-22 10:34:08Z
First all-girl Cub Scout pack in Pasco County
First all-girl Cub Scout pack in Pasco County

The Cub Scout uniforms are the same.

The American flag, the tents, the ropes, the knots, the outdoorsy hijinks are all the same too.

The pigtails, however, are a new touch.

Cub Scout Pack 537 in Land O’ Lakes is made up of 100 percent of girls, the first of its kind in Pasco County.

In May, the Boy Scouts of America, which stresses outdoor rigors, started allowing girls to participate in previously boys-only activities.

Pack 537 Cub Master Eric Cupps is a lifelong Boy Scout, an elite Eagle Scout. He believes in the program. But when his daughter expressed a desire to join the Cub Scouts, he also believed in the all-genders change.

“Seeing these girls light up when we’re putting together tents and doing outdoor activities, it just makes me happy as a longtime scout,” says Cupps.

There is no talk amongst the cubs of equality, of changes.

Instead, they’re just having fun, staying off their electronics and having fun.

Juliette says sure, she’d like to try Girl Scouts one day. But first, she’s all about the Cub Pack 537.  “I personally like making tents,” she says.