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Boy Scouts of America welcome first all-girl troop in Central Arkansas

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A group of local girls made history as they joined the Boy Scouts of America.

The organization recently began accepting applications for all-girl troops to be formed.

Troop 19 was presented a charter Tuesday to become the first all-girl troop in central Arkansas.

Araina Simmons has been a boy scout all but in name for a very long time

"Because my brother has been a boy scout for years," she said. "I've been kind of involved in that, and my dad is a scout master."

Because girls couldn't be boy scouts, Simmons' involvement was never official until now.

"I've been bragging to my brother how i am going to get my Eagle Badge before him," she said.

10 girls took an oath to become members of Troop 19, the first all female group chartered in the Quapaw Area Council.

"I really think its an honor, because not many groups allow scouts to come in," member Emily McEuen said.

Council Scout Executive Marcal Young says the organization will keep the name Boy Scouts of America, but the program for 11 to 17 year olds has been renamed to Scouts BSA instead of Boy Scouts.

"It’s an opportunity for families to participate altogether," he said.

Young says the girls will follow the exact same program as boys do.

"It’s the same program that with the timeless values that we’ve offered for over 100 years," he said.

As for Troop 19's new members, they say they are excited for everything they will learn and become.

"I want to learn how to explore and find stuff, and want to learn how to camp correctly," member Gracie Whenter said.

Officials say the program remains single gender, chartering only boy troops and girl troops.

If you would like to learn more about the Scouts BSA program for boys and girls, click here.

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