Girls can now officially join the 'Boy Scouts'


    FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, Tatum Weir, center, carries a tool box she built as her twin brother Ian, left, follows after a Cub Scout meeting in Madbury, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — The Boy Scouts of America is making a historic change Friday, officially dropping the 'boy' from its name, welcoming girls into the organization.

    The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts — its program for 7- to 10-year-olds — will keep its title, as well.

    But the Boy Scouts — the program for 11- to 17-year-olds — will now be Scouts BSA.

    The organization started admitting girls into the Cub Scouts last year and Scouts BSA began accepting girls on February 1.

    More than 70,000 girls joined the Cub Scouts in 2018, according to officials.

    The program for the older boys and girls will largely be divided along gender-lines, with single-sex units pursuing the same types of activities, earning the same array of merit badges and potentially having the same pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award.

    Officials said having separate units for boys and girls should alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities.

    The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America in November.

    The organization argued that only it has "the right to use the Girl Scouts and Scouts trademark with leadership development services for girls."

    Girl Scouts also created a new campaign after numbers started to drop stressing "girl empowerment".

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