Girls officially welcomed into Boy Scout community

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Traditionally an all-boys group, the Boy Scouts of America is now accepting girls into its ranks.
Beginning in August, all cub scouting programs will be open to girls but some troops have already formed.
Cub Scout troop 1551 is one of the first girl groups to join the Boy Scouts of America.
Their Den Leader, JoLee Giuchci says she's very proud of her girls, “It's been really great seeing the girls feel empowered to do all the things that the boys are getting to do."
Her troop is the first Fairbanks girls group to gain their bobcat badge which is the first rank in cub scouts that you can get which Giuchci said is pretty exciting.
The local chapter of the Boy Scouts is excited to share their outdoor classroom with everyone.
“We feel that what we teach the youth, the opportunities we offer to them, the experiences that they have, is good for everyone,” Stephen Smith with the Midnight Sun Council said.
Beginning February 1st 2019, the boy scouts program will start welcoming young women, ages 13 to 18.
At that time, the name of the boy scouts program will change to 'Scouts B-S-A' to include any one who joins.
However, the name of the national organization - 'Boy Scouts of America' - will remain the same.