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One family, two Scouts: why a local Girl Scout wants to switch to her brother's organization

One family two Scouts

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Bernadette Flicker of Palm Desert is an accomplished Girl Scout.

"Last year I sold 900 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and got an iPod touch," said Flicker at her dinner table showing off the badges that she has earned as a Girl Scout.

Her older brother Michael Flicker is an equally accomplished Boy Scout.

"The hardest thing I think you are going to have to know is 4A that’s knots," Michael Flicker said while reading from his Boy Scout handbook.

Next year Bernadette wants to join her brother’s organization.

"I want to be a Boy Scout because they do more active things than Girl Scouts because we don’t really do much to get patches," said Bernadette Flicker.

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On Wednesday the Boy Scouts announced that next year girls could be admitted into the Cub Scouts, and in 2019 a program for older girls will allow them to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Recently, Bernadette has stayed at home while her brother went on a white water rafting trip with his troop as well as many other experiences and adventures she says she’s not getting with the Girl Scouts.

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"I saw the pictures and it looked really fun and I wish that I had been there," Bernadette Flicker said.

The Boy Scouts have been considering this change for months, despite strong opposition from the Girls Scouts. But local Girl Scout leaders see this as an opportunity.

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"It could go either way but I think it is good for the Girl Scouts in the way that we have another forum to tell our story why single gender and good learning experiences for girls and for boys as well," said Chuck McKinnon, chief of development for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio.

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"We are going to up the game when it comes to serving the girls needs and we have been doing that over the last several years particularly," McKinnon said.

As far as becoming an Eagle Scout goes, the Girl Scouts have something similar. It’s called the Gold Award. It’s different but in the eyes of the Girl Scouts equally as prestigious.

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