SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield mother is speaking out this weekend, in favor of the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to welcome girls. She said she'll be enrolling her daughter in the program.
9-year-old Melody Scott had been interested in joining a local Cub Scouts pack for awhile. When the Boy Scouts made the announcement earlier this month that they're welcoming girls to join, her mother said they both were thrilled with this new opportunity.
Melody rarely takes off her Cub Scouts hat; "It feels really comfortable," said Melody.
"She slept with her hat last night. She's so proud, so proud," said Christina Scott.
Scott said Melody if also very proud of her new uniform that she got now that she's joining a cub scout pack in Springfield.
Scott said she let her daughter choose between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She said her daughter was more interested in the outdoor activities offered to the boys and wanted to join so she could spend time with one of her best friends, Liam.
Being a single mother, Scott said being apart of this community will help her daughter become a strong and independent individual.
"It's just totally about learning those skills and being in a community and learning from an organization that has been around for years, and teaches morals and balance. What parent wouldn't want their child to participate in something like that," said Scott.
Scott said the local pack has been supportive, but said she has received some negative comments from community members on social media.
By sharing her story, she's hoping to show why she feels this will have a positive impact on girls.
Scott says they have to wait until 2018 to officially register Melody with the Cub Scouts.