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Girl Scouts of the USA

First came acceptance of gay and transgender Scouts. Now girls can be Boy Scouts

First came acceptance of gay and transgender Scouts. Now girls can be Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for teenage girls, a move that marks a historic shift for the organization founded for young men more than a century ago.

Citing years of research and feedback from Scouts nationwide, officials from the group said that Cub Scout dens — the smallest unit — will be single-gender, either all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose. The group’s board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the changes.

“This decision is true to the BSA’s...

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