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(WDAY)—An historic announcement for the century-old Organization, The Boy Scouts of America

Girls will now be allowed to join.

This decision means starting next fall, girls can be in the Cub Scout Program which is grades 1 through 5.

A separate program for older girls is expected to be announced next year, but the organization says it's a decision that really shouldn't come as a surprise.

For 24-year old Danny Tusa, his time spent in the Boy Scouts have been some of the most influential years of his life.

"It's where i met some of my best friends. I had a great time learning about myself as a human being," said Tusa.

After the announcement to start allowing girls into the organization so close to him..

"I always wondered why there was so much segregation between girls and boys scouts, having this sort of inclusion and ability to come together for the program i came to love is super cool," said Tusa.

"We don't really expect a lot of issues because for some of our programs in specialty programs, we already are co-ed," said Darin Steindl, Director of Field Services.

The changes will be seen on a local level on a case by case basis.

"We are going to leave it to the charter organization for the program they want to offer, they may decide they want boys only cub scouts, which is fine, but they may decide they want boys and girls. So it'd be boys in a separate den and girls in a separate one," said Steindl.

There have been some concerns as to what this will mean for the Girl Scouts, going forward.

We reached out but did not hear back, but the organization has taken to social media, with posts saying "We're the BEST leadership organization in the world for girls and no one can do what we do."

Boy Scouts say the decision has been a few years in the making and that the push came directly from families.

"It's more or less the girls and parents want to do the same thing the boys have done," said Steindl.

Last year, around 2.3 million members were a part of Boys Scouts.

Cassandra Rohlfing

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