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Boy Scouts will soon be known simply as Scouts, as girls join their ranks

The Boy Scouts of America has renamed its flagship program.

Instead of the Boy Scouts, the program will be called Scouts BSA, NBC News reported Wednesday.

The organization will implement the change in February 2019, and subsequently embrace a gender neutral approach to the program by admitting girls. The youth program, which focuses on experiential learning through camping, projects, and community service, was called Boy Scouts for 108 years.

Cub Scouts, the program for kids between 7 and 10 years old, has already admitted 3,000 girls, reports USA Today. Cub Scouts will not change its name. Meanwhile, Boy Scouts has historically been restricted to boys between 11 and 17 years old. Beginning next year, the newly-named Scouts BSA will allow girls to enroll, but BSA official Mike Surbaugh told NBC News that individual scout groups will still be largely single-gender.

"We're trying to find the right way to say we're here for both young men and young women," said Surbaugh. Read more at NBC News.