Boy Scouts say they welcome girls

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ALMKE, GERMANY - JULY 31: A scout poses for a photograph at the camp on July 31, 2010 in Almke near Wolfsburg, Germany. About 5000 young scouts from Germany, Russia, Belgium, Suisse, USA and Italy aged 12 to 20 participate in a camp. Since 1973, the German VCP-Christian Guides and Pathfinders organisation, offers an International historic boys and girls scout meeting during the summer holidays. On a 25 hectare field include 1370 tens, a tent church and a tent theater. The Federal camp is held every four years. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

The BSA earlier this year announced that it was changing its policy to allow trans boys to enrol in its programs and now they are going to reject gender markers at all and promise that birth certificates of the potential scouts won’t be checked anymore. BSA announced plans to allow girls to join its ranks and to progress up to the rank of Eagle Scout voting unanonymously to change the policy which existed for more than a century. The National Organisation for Women had urged the BSA to change its policy as the 15-year-old girl expressed her wish to join boy scouts as her older brother. “The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it’s just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should just have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender,” the girl said.

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