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First came acceptance of gay and transgender Scouts; now girls can join

The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that it will admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and establish a new program for teenage girls, a move that marks a historic shift for the organization founded for young men more than a century ago.

Citing years of research and feedback from Scouts nationwide, officials from the group said that Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, which are larger and include a number of dens, will have the option to welcome both genders if they

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