Clay County Boy Scouts program teaches skills to boys and girls

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A Boy Scout organization in Clay County introduces co-ed programming.

Over the past two years, the Boy Scouts of America have made changes to its program, which have made the organization more inclusive.

But before girls were allowed to become members of the Cub Scouts and what is now called Scouts BSA, there were other opportunities available for girls to participate.

“A lot of people don’t know that we offer venturing, and exploring and stem, and girls have that. That’s always been co-ed,” Gina Strati, Crossroads of Amerca Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Although it’s been a part of the Boy Scouts program, a co-ed venturing crew had not been formed in Clay County.

That changed in June of this year when Crew 101 was formed.

“Vigo County had a crew already and they were starting to see some of that integration already with females in Scouts BSA. In Clay County there hadn’t been any of that yet,” said Christina Carrico, Crew 101 advisor.

Christina’s daughter Faith was formerly a member of Girl Scouts.

She joined Crew 101 after she said since a young age she was more interested in the activities that Boy Scouts participated in.

“In Girl Scouts you didn’t really do much outside and it kind of just died out. I was over here a lot. So, I pretty much just did everything anyway,” said Faith Carrico, Crew 101 president.

Xander Carrico is an assistant leader of Troop 101, the Boy Scouts program that is considered the assembling crew of the newly formed Crew 101.

He says that he hasn’t seen any negatives from adding programming for girls.

“I think it’s the same program, just inclusive because we didn’t change anything except for a picture in the book,” said Xander Carrico.

Christina Carrico says since the creation of Crew 101 she has seen how it impact the lives of the girls involved.

“I have girls who are a part of this program now that are not as shy, they are not as timid, they are happy to be outdoors. You can see a huge change in their lives,” she said.

Members of Crew 101 takes part in camping and other outdoor activities.

Right now there are currently nine members of this crew.

Saturday at 11 A.M. Crew 101 will host a Zombie Fun Run at the Vigo County Conservation Club.

Carrico says if you’re interested in Crew 101 that is a good time to see them in action.

Admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. There is no cost for children 10 and under.

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