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GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) -- Make room, guys. The girls are coming to the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree.

Female participants will mingle with 40,000 Scouts and leaders for the first time at the mid-July gathering that happens every four years. The move coincides with the event's relocation to 10,600 acres in southern West Virginia after being held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., since 1981.

The girls are part of the Scouts' Venturers youth development program. It started in 1998 and involves members of both sexes ages 14 to 20.

Jenny Welles will head to West Virginia with a group of Venturers from Appleton, Wis.

Her brother attended the 2010 jamboree while she was unable to. This time, she's looking forward to BMX biking and whitewater rafting.

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