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Boys will be boys? Gender-neutral scouting sparks debate within Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

Julia Horowitz joined the Girls Scouts when she was she was 6 or 7. She sold cookies, of course, but also took part in crafts and community cleanups.

The Beverly Hills teenager liked some of the activities but said it bothered her that there were not more of the outdoor endeavors offered by the Boy Scouts, such as survival lessons.

"I like going outside and doing things in nature and learning how to defend myself rather than sitting inside and drawing," she said.

The gender barrier that for generations divided scouting is slowly fading away, generating both cheers

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