The Boy Scouts of America's board of directors made a decision to allow girls to join the century-old organization earlier today.
The move will allow girls to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable to scouts. The rank is currently only available through the boy's only organization.
BSA chief executive Michael Surbaugh commented, "We believe it is critical to evolve how our programmes meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children."
The chief elaborated further "Families today are busier and more diverse than ever," the BSA statement continued. "Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programmes that serve the whole family more appealing."
The change is slated to take effect in early 2018 allowing younger girls to join dens and move on to graduate as Eagle Scouts. The organization plans to allow older girls the same privilege in 2019.