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The Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously approved to allow girls to join the Cub Scout program.

According to the organization, the decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls to open the program to girls. For the first time in their more than 100-year history, this change will allow older girls to pursue and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scouts of America said the change comes after the organization’s numerous research efforts to understand how to offer families choices in meeting character development needs of all their children. The organization also said the aim is to help busy families consolidate program needs for their children.

“Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing,” the BSA statement said.

Boy Scouts of America has over 2 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and about 960,000 volunteers in the US and its surrounding territories.

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