Decorated Girl Scout discusses girls' inclusion in Boy Scouts

WICHITA, Kan. Girl Scouts across the U.S. have mixed reactions to this week's announcement that the Boy Scouts of America will be allowing girls to join its organization.

Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with one nationally-recognized Girl Scout from Kansas. Seventeen-year-old Reeny Botros says she's been going to Girl Scout meetings with her mother since she was five. Through the organization, she was selected to participate as an exhibitor at the White House Science Fair in 2015 and recently, earned recognition as a National Young Woman of Distinction.

With this week's announcement, Botros says she appreciates what the Boy Scouts are trying to do, but because boys and girls are socialized separately, girls aren't always encouraged to be leaders and can benefit from having their own spaces to gain confidence.

She says she hopes the change encourages more young women to pursue leadership opportunities and experiences they may not have otherwise considered.