Girls can now join Scouts BSA, once known as Boy Scouts

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IRVING, TX – FEBRUARY 04: A detial view of a Boy Scout uniform on February 4, 2013 in Irving, Texas. The BSA national council announced they were considering to leave the decision of inclusion of gays to the local unit level. U.S. President Barack Obama urged the organization to end a ban on gays. (Photo […]

Girls can now officially join what once was the Boy Scouts.

As of Friday, girls between the ages of 11 and 17 will be permitted to become part of what’s now being called Scouts BSA.

The Boy Scouts of America also says it will recognize its first class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouts BSA, and can offer lifelong academic and professional benefits.

More than 77,000 girls have already joined Cub Scouts, a program for younger children, since it began welcoming girls last year.

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