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The Boy Scouts of America is set to welcome girls into its youth programs for the first time in the organization's history.
On Friday this week the older youth program will be renamed from 'Boy Scouts' to 'Scouts BSA' and will mean girls can achieve the organisation's highest rank of Eagle Scout for the first time.
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In May 2018, the national scouting organization announced the name change and said girls between the ages of 11 and 17 would be admitted this year.
'I could not be more excited for what this means for the next generation of leaders in our nation,' Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh said in a statement Friday.
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'Through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before - young women and men - will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness through a time-tested program that has been proven to build character and leadership.'
The organization's cub scouts section, for children between 7 and 10, went co-ed last year and has already attracted more than 77,000 girls.
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Girls who join Scouts BSA will 'learn from the same program, earn the same merit badges and achieve the same advancements that boys have earned for nearly 109 years in the Boy Scout program,' according to the BSA website.
However, the announcement earlier this year was not supported by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) who announced a lawsuit over the change from 'Boy Scouts' to 'Scouts BSA' over alleged trademark infringement.
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Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) also issued a statement at the time...
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