The Girl Scouts and the BSA are among several major youth organizations in the US experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years. But the Boy Scouts program for ages 11 to 17 will change.
About 170 Cub Scout packs which are taking part in the first phase of the new policy have seen more than 3,000 girls joining. "We're trying to find the right way to say we're here for both young men and young women".
More than 3,000 girls across the US have already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.
Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts of America's other programs will retain their current names.
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The BSA's new diversity and inclusivity push is evidenced on the front page of the group's website. The change comes as the organization seeks to establish itself as a program for boys and girls in the United States.
"I had a great time when I was a Boy Scout, but I can't really imagine, personally, having girls involved when we went to camps and things like that", Girl Scout troop leader Gene Hubbard said.
"I think it's beneficial that a young lady can become an Eagle Scout, but it's going to bring about some changes that some people may not like, but that is just how it is", said Aldrich. "There is no organization that more thoroughly understands the value of programming designed specifically for girls".
After one hundred and eight years the Boy Scouts, the flagship program for Boy Scouts of America, is getting a makeover.
"We are best prepared and best positioned to serve today's families, which don't look anything like they did fifty years ago", says Hawkins, "New millennial families are looking for a family program". And as long as the girl scouts keep on selling cookies, we're good.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.