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Troops enjoy weekend at Camp Wokanda for first time since girls are allowed in Scouts BSA

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CHILLICOTHE (HOI) -- For the first time since girls were allowed to join the Boy Scouts in a program now known as Scouts BSA Central Illinois troops were able to enjoy a co-ed weekend at Camp Wokanda.

The Peoria Park District Camp was full of scouts this weekend for the annual Klondike Derby.

The two-day event consists of outdoor activities like sledding, archery, roasting marshmallows and of course camping.

This was a big deal for the girl troops who said they joined the scouts to do all of the things they might not otherwise be able to.

"I don't have to call this like girl scouting or boy scouting it's scouting. You walk in here and it doesn't matter what your gender is you're here to do the same things and it's nice. I hope that one day it will stop being an empowering thing and it will be a normal thing," Scout Saylor Ryback said.

The girls were set to cook a spaghetti dinner for the other troops as they work their way to Eagle Scouts.

Stephanie Rodriguez

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