CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte second grader became the very first girl in the county to join the Cub Scouts.
Kennedy Clutter has been recruiting other girls from across the area and, two weeks from now, they will make history. But Kennedy isn't too concerned with that; she's more worried about memorizing Scout Law. Her first meeting is coming up soon.
“I found my brother doing a lot of fun things and I was like, "Why can't I do that?” said Kennedy.
Then, after 108 years, the Boy Scouts announced they’d allow girls to join.
“The first words I said were, "You mean I can be an Eagle Scout?! I was just really happy about it,” Kennedy exclaimed.
Kennedy comes from several generations of scouts, and a very patient big brother is ready to show her the ropes.
“I'm very proud of her. If there's anyone that can do it I'm sure Kennedy can," said Carson Clutter, Kennedy's brother.
County Scout Exec Mark Turner said the cub dens, the smaller age based groups, will be single gender: all boys or all girls. But the pack meetings, programs and expectations are for all.
"We're so excited that she's our first registered Girl Scout," said Mark Turner, scout executive, Mecklenburg County Council. "There's a lot of girls that want that opportunity. I think it’s huge for us.”
The decision to let girls in the Boy Scouts didn’t sit well with everyone, including leaders of the Girl Scouts, who reportedly denounced the idea, and accused the organization of recruiting girls to save their dwindling membership numbers.
Even Donald Trump Junior Tweeted in response to the decision, "I thought that’s what the Girl Scouts was for?"
Nevertheless, someday, Kennedy will be able to say she was one of the first girls to recite the oath and wear the badge.
"I'm going to be very proud of myself," Kennedy said.
After the Boy Scouts' decision was made, the Girl Scouts released a statement touting the critical benefits of an all-female space for little girls. You can read that and learn more about scout groups in your area by clicking this link.