Lowcountry father of three, Eagle Scout, thrilled girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts

Lowcountry dad of three, Eagle Scout, thrilled with girls being allowed to join Boy Scouts (WCIV)

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful.

Those are just a few of the core values young boys are taught as Cub Scouts. Troops teach life skills, ones that Stephen Duke said he's been learning since he was 10-years-old.

“I've never actually had a break," Duke says. "I went to The Citadel, I volunteered and worked for the Eagle Scouts Association at The Citadel and I worked at the boy scouts higher adventure space in the summers.”

Duke continues to teach scouts here in the Lowcountry. He's worked and earned his way to the top in the scouts.

“I did Aerolite, what's the highest in Cub Scouts, and then I made it to Eagle Scout in 1991,” Duke says.

Duke has three children. His oldest was away Wednesday at a camping trip. The youngest two, Keira and Oliver were having some quality brother and sister time.

With Tuesday's announcement that girls will now be able to become Cub Scouts, Duke says it's a dream come true.

“The good thing is that the whole family can do it together, so now the girls and the boys could be part of the same troop.” Duke said.

Girls have always been able to attend events with their brothers, but they couldn't work towards the Scouts program's many goals.

“They could partake, but they couldn't you know, work for their Aerolite or their Eagle Scout. So with today's decision, that's one big change,” Duke says.

Right now Oliver and his sister Keira are too young to be a Cub Scouts, but it doesn't stop the two from preparing, planning, and playing, so one day they can be a part of the same troop.

Duke said the enrollment season is going on right now for Cub Scouts and expects girls to be signing up as soon as this year. Boy Scouts of America said they'll be creating a program for older girls in 2019.

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