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Boy scouts to allow girls to join, pursue Eagle Scout rank

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Starting next year, The Boy Scouts of America will begin rolling out changes that allow girls to join.

Girl Scouts have had limited access to the Boy Scouts through four scouting programs: Venturing, Sea Scouting, Exploring and STEM.

But starting in 2018, they will be able to join Cub Scouts and in 2019 pursue Eagle Scout Rank.

Paul Penttila, executive Scout for the Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts, said he's received requests for girls to join in recent years.

"We've had a lot of requests over the years from families, local families and individuals involved with Scouting, trying to figure out how they can get all of their children involved in Scouting. In this case, it's girls," said Penttila.

But the decision by the Boy Scouts is not a sweeping rule. Penttila says each individual group, known as charter organizations, will get to decide if they want to allow girls to join.

"In this case, they can decide as a charter organization - yes, we do want to accept girls, or no, we don't want to accept girls," said Penttila.

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