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On Tuesday, 6-year-old Asa Smith became the first girl to join the Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina. (WLOS)

Cub Scouts of Western North Carolina accepts 1st group of girls

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By RAPHAEL PIRES, WLOS

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) - History is in the making here in the mountains: The Cub Scouts of Western North Carolina had its first group of girls join the pack.

One of the new members says she feels right at home.

On Tuesday, 6-year-old Asa Smith became the first girl to join the Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina.

By how well she can recite the oath, you'd think she's been a member much longer than a few days -- and in a sense, you'd be right.

"She's been doing this, like my dad said, basically since she was born," said her brother, Clyde.

Asa grew up in a scouting family; her father is a pack leader, her mother is a den leader, and her brothers are both currently climbing through the ranks. Now, they have some added friendly competition.

Still, some people are caught a little off-guard.

"My friends were a little surprised and they were all asking me the same question, 'How are there girls allowed when it's called Boy Scouts?'"

Which is why Clyde believes one more change needs to be made. "It should just be Scouts now," he said.

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Asa's father, David, is just happy his little girl gets to be a part of the family tradition.

"Scouting has gone through a lot of changes in its existence and I think that's important, so it can continue to stay relevant," he said.

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