Butler said the difference now is girls will have the option of standing alongside a boy and earning the boy scout badges.
For some families, scouting programs that welcome both boys and girls could be a welcome convenience.
In the historic move, Cub Scout dens, the smallest unit, will be single-gender, either all boys or all girls. "They can learn the stuff boys learn in Girl Scouts".
The decision received unanimous approval by the organization's board of directors.
As a result, the entire family can be present at the events and enjoy them together, Bozzi said. I wanted to be just like the boys, ' " she said. "Our families in today's society are overtaxed in providing character-based activities".
"People were like you can't join, you're a girl", said Leia.
The Girl Scouts of the U.S. is reportedly meh on the news and has pointed to research showing that many girls learn best in an all-female environment.
"For the last number of months our national office has been conducting research with volunteers, with community organizations, with existing scout families to really determine how we can better serve families", says Anderson.
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There were also some who voiced their support for the decision, praising the organization for embracing inclusion and allowing girls to join the program. I think girls need the same opportunities as boys. "He went camping, learned survival tips, and I think that is something that he's kind of carried with him", Morgan Naylor said.
In fact, the changes will eventually open the door for girls to reach the scouts' highest honor, eagle scout.
After the announcement, the Girl Scouts issued a statement that did not mention the Boy Scouts or its move to include girls.
Another commented, "I don't see a problem with is, except then it shouldn't be called the Boy Scouts of America anymore".
Girl Scouts was created two years later in 1912.
Girls will be able to start enrolling in Boy Scouts in 2018.
Recently, Bernadette has stayed at home while her brother went on a white water rafting trip with his troop as well as many other experiences and adventures she says she's not getting with the Girl Scouts.
"I have been dreaming of this day for years honestly", said Martin.