NOW said it was inspired by the efforts of a 15-year-old New York City girl, Sydney Ireland, to emulate her older brother, who is an Eagle Scout.
Under the plan, Cub Scout dens - the smallest unit - will be single-gender, either all-boys or all-girls. Larger "packs", which are comprised of dens, will decide whether to include dens of each gender or not, the BSA said.
Girl Scouts said having a safe, fun place for one gender is important to them, while offering over 400 outdoor and stem related programs to its members.
"They're basically taking that same Cub Scout curriculum and throwing it at the girls and we know that that's not really going to work".
We asked Girl Scout Aaliyah Bradix a simple question and got a very direct answer.
The decision has seen both support and opposition, including here in central IL.
Eagle Scout Jack Kaufman agrees with the organization's recent decision.
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As far as becoming an Eagle Scout goes, the Girl Scouts have something similar.
Tye encouraged her to join The Girl Scouts, but Leia said she was always more interested in doing the activities the Scouts did.
Boy Scouts will now allow girls to joins their ranks.
Amanda Wyckoff says it came as a shock Wednesday when the Boy Scouts of America announced it was letting girls join.
Susan Howard says even with the change, she would still like to see the boy and girl troops kept separate as opposed to coed troops. "It could be really great or not the best experience for some girls". He says the rationale is about making Boy Scouts easier for families to take part in.
Americans' reaction to the aforementioned news was quite diverse.
"Sometimes when I'm around boys I don't like to be myself.
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The girls deserve that as well", said Mark Barbernitz, a Boy Scout Executive from the Northeast Pennsylvania Council.
He also said that the principals of Scout Oath and Scout law are good ideals for anyone or any gender to live by.
Wednesday's decision was immediately met with online controversy as scouting alumni, parents and volunteers objected to what they saw as an attack on the program's traditions.
Girl Scouts president Kathy Hopkinah Hannan wrote earlier in 2017 to the Boy Scouts to oppose their expansion and accuse them of attempting to artificially shore up membership numbers.
For some families, scouting programs that welcome both boys and girls could be a welcome convenience.
The Boy Scouts of America now has 2.3 million members.
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