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Boy Scouts welcoming girls with name change

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The Boy Scouts of America is changing the name of its flagship program in a move they say reflects the more inclusive nature the future of the program will hold.

While the headlining program for kids aged 11 to 18 will undergo the name change to Scouts BSA, the parent organization will stay the Boy Scouts of America.

Other programs will also begin admitting girls, if they have not begun to do so already.

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"One being for our Cub Scouts, which is our younger group, which is going to be boys and girls six years of age up until 10," said Phillip Shipley, Scout Executive for the Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America. "Those are the little guys and girls that you'll see in the blue uniforms. We have two other programs, Venturing, which is already co-ed and has been co-ed for 20 years which is for boys and girls 14 to 20, and Exploring which is a career based program."

The Panhandle chapter said it will be a natural transition for girls to enter Scouts BSA.

"Scouting here in the Panhandle, it's already very family oriented," said Shipley. "We have been allowing at our day camps, over the last couple of years, little sisters and older sisters to come to our day camps with our Cub Scouts."

Nationwide, the Girl Scouts organization said they will be launching a campaign with new merit badges focusing on outdoor and STEM activities.

The mission of the Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains remains unchanged.

"We put the word girl in Girl Scouts, said Kathi Schutz, Community Engagement Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. "That was Juliette Gordon Low's vision 106 years ago. So we'll still be Girl Scouts."

Social media opinions on 'Scout Me In' ranged from calling the move "awesome" to others saying "scout me out."

Whichever program girls sign up for, both programs said young ladies will be equipped with character to drive their future.

"What they're going to get is the values and the moral and the ethics that scouting teaches," said Shipley.

"Opportunities to be able to make good decision and find inspiration in their careers and ways of doing different careers as well," said Schutz.

The local chapters of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts say early registration numbers have been strong and encourage more youth to join their respective organizations.

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