Girls can now join the Boy Scouts

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(CNN) – Girls between the ages of 11 and 17 will be permitted to become part of what’s now being called Scouts BSA. The Boy Scouts of America also says it will recognize its first class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Scouts BSA and can offer lifelong academic and professional benefits.

More than 77,000 girls have already joined Cub Scouts, a program for younger children, since it began welcoming girls last year.

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