Surbaugh explained that single-sex units will ensure that girls will not have to compete with boys for leadership positions.
Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh unveiled the group's "Scout Me In" marketing campaign aimed at promoting inclusiveness. "It is a privilege to work with the organization to usher in its newest era that now includes all of our country's youth and families".
Change has been coming quickly to the iconic if shrinking organization. But the changes also reflect shifting social and cultural norms that expect programs to be equally available to boys and girls.
The group recently announced that transgender youth would be accepted and registered within its ranks, and in 2015 it lifted its ban on gay leaders, USA Today reported. This follows an announcement that they will be accepting girls into the non-gendered Cub Scouts starting this summer and subsequently will eradicate exclusions for girls at those higher levels.
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"My younger daughter will be able to do all the things my sons are now able to do, going camping, earning the badges, they learn about leadership, the older scouts do, and to become productive adults in society, and it will be good for my daughter to learn those things", Thomas said.
"Liberals tell us that masculinity is "toxic" and that girls can be boys and boys should no longer be boys", he said.
Sam Snoddy has been a local scouts master for more than 50 years. To support these initiatives, the BSA has also announced a new public campaign called "Scout Me In".
"Girl scouts really empowers girls and helps them achieve what they didn't think they could achieve, but then boy scouts gives you a lot of new experiences and adventures", said Neely.
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The "Family Scouting" approach is quickly gaining popularity across the country, underscored by the thousands of boys and girls signing up under the Early Adopter Program for families in Cub Scouts. "To me this is just an act of desperation by an organization which has historically been extraordinarily discriminatory and is now facing the consequences".
In Oakland, eight-year-old Abigail Wood is also working her way up the ranks, having recently joined the Cub Scouts. While troops adjust activities based on members' interests, one of GSUSA's aims is to push girls to develop skills in areas where women are typically underrepresented.
The Boy Scouts past year opted to allow transgender boys to join.
Girl Scouts of the United States of America is gearing up to fight back.
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"We proudly own the "Girl" in Girl Scouts", the spokesperson said.