The awesome reason you may already be seeing girls in Cub Scout uniforms.
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If you think girls wouldn’t want to be part of the Cub Scouts, you probably aren’t aware of all the fun stuff they get to do.

"You get to go to parks, you get to ride your bike, you get to pet a bug," exclaims one young girl about why she loves being a Cub Scout.

And now, thanks to a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), one of the country's oldest ongoing youth programs, is giving girls the chance to get in on these awesome adventure-filled activities that build character and leadership skills.


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In October 2017, the 108-year-old organization announced it would officially open the doors to girls in the Cub Scouting program for the first time ever. And in January 2018, the very first girl Cub Scouts (kids in kindergarten through 5th grade) took their pledge to join and recited the same Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

To date, there are more than 32,000 girls registered in Cub Scout packs all across the country.

In order to keep that momentum up, BSA launched "Scout Me In," a campaign to recruit more young girls and boys into the Cub Scouts.

BSA wants parents and kids to know that all boys and girls, no matter their gender, will be welcomed into the Scouting program. They’ll be given equal opportunity to participate in the same activities, learn the same skills, and vie for the same badges and levels of distinction, like the coveted Eagle Scout rank.

There will be times where boys and girls will be together, and other times they’ll work as dens of all girls or dens of all boys so that they can benefit from both dynamics.

All Cub Scouts get to do things like hike, learn emergency preparedness skills, play games, and give back to the community through service projects, just to name a few. It's no surprise that girls would want to get in on the fun.

And the boy Cub Scouts are excited to welcome the girls.

"I think girls are going to enjoy being in the Cub Scouts, because I think it's fun for everybody. Not just boys," said one boy.

In a time when women are fighting to get the same treatment and respect as men in the workplace, it's comforting to see younger generations being given a much more even playing field. Together, this new group of Scouts will help build a better, brighter future.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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