Boy Scouts of America made a big announcement and it's starting a national conversation. The rank is now only available through the boy's only organization.
"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children", said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive.
The Boy Scouts of America said its decision is focused on serving families.
"A lot of millennial parents today indicate that they'd much rather be able to do stuff with their whole family", Etzenhouser said.
Others 24-Hour News 8 spoke with grew up watching family members in Boy Scouts.
"As we get into STEM programming, as we get into some of our adventure programming that we do", she said.
"Sometimes when I'm around boys I don't like to be myself".
The introduction of girls still does not mean that Boy Scouts' gatherings will necessarily include both genders.
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"She was able to start fires with the boys and do the same things they did but didn't have any kind of recognition for that", Miller said. We're going to have the girls in one unit, and the boys in another unit. Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender - all boys or all girls.
A program he says changed his life, an indescribable bond, now something he can share with his four-year-old granddaughter.
"I also understand that there are some girls that don't have opportunities to get into the troops that allow them to do all of the things they want to do", says Tori Exum-Johnson.
Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts of America responded by issuing a statement reiterating their commitment to girls only. "I think the Boy Scouts are hurting and I think that they want to take a piece of the pie from the Girl Scouts and I just think it's wrong, I think Boy Scouts are Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are Girls Scouts". Numerous den leaders in Cub Scouts are women, and girls participate in the Explorer, Venturing and STEM Boy Scout programs, Butler said. She's a fourth generation scout, a long-time volunteer and now a leader in Moline.
"I saw the pictures and it looked really fun and I wish that I had been there", Bernadette Flicker said.
"I have no problem with it", says former Cub and Webelos scout Bill Herold. "That shows that girls are just as good as boys".
"I think it basically would be the exact same, just there would be some girls involved", Damian says.