This change will allow local troops to decide the best approach for them and will eventually allow girls to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Effective in the 2018 program year, existing "packs" can either choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens, or remain an all-boy pack.
The new rule will set up separate Cub Scout dens, made up of either all boys or all girls.
In a scathing letter published by BuzzFeed News at the time, Girl Scouts National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan called the Boy Scouts' plan unsettling and said it would only serve to undercut the Girl Scouts.
"The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the organization evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders, as well as parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting", the organization said in a statement.
After changing its policies on LGBT members and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday they will begin to integrate girls into the youth organization.
As The Two-Way reported in August, the Boy Scouts had for months been "exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family - boys and girls", according to spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos.
Boy Scouts has been primarily for boys for more than a century..
The Boy Scouts of America is going coed.
The change has been received positively by most, and we're sure there are many girls who can't wait to join the Boy Scouts! "It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls".
Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women encouraged the Boy Scouts to accept women, joining the efforts of NY teen Sydney Ireland in her bid to become an Eagle Scout. "The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it's just not the program I want to be apart of". The organization has moved to become more inclusive, after years of declining membership - announcing in 2013 that it would admit openly gay youths and ending a blanket ban on gay leaders in 2015.
Five years ago, Scouts for Equality challenged the Boy Scouts of America to fully live up to its own principles and take the lead in making the organization a home to all Americans willing to live by the Scout Oath and Law.