Cub Scout dens will remain single-gender - all boys or all girls. The organization says for years it has gotten requests from families and from girls looking to join the program.
Nesheim has worked for BSA for 41 years and says the demand for girls in Cub Scouts programs has gotten more popular. Both the Girl Scouts and the boy scouts allow transgender children to join the club they most identify with.
"My younger sons are in Boy Scouts now and I can not wait to have younger girls in there because they're going to have to get along together when they get older anyway", said Vitela.
Perez said the market has changed and that families want a program to serve the entire family.
Bob Butler's son, Brad, an Eagle Scout since 2012, said the policy change caught him and his scouting friends off guard. Gulfport resident Alexus Fairley said, "I wouldn't have girls in Boy Scots".
"Surely it will involve a few bumps as the program changes are developed and the kinks get worked out, but we know that Scouting works". "Some girls they think boys are better than them".
"Girl Scouts is an organization over 100 years old with time-tested methods and research-backed programs that speak to the strengths of girl-leadership development".
In fact, the changes will eventually open the door for girls to reach the scouts' highest honor, eagle scout.
Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA's move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue. Presently, the Boy Scouts of America has roughly 2.3 million members ages 7 to 21 along with close to a million volunteers.
"It seems more like kind of a quick fix rather than something that is really in the best interest of girls, helping them actually develop and become leaders", Girl Scouts communications director Mike Lopes told Slate in an interview.
According to Boy Scouts, a survey of parents not involved in scouting revealed strong interest in involving their daughters in the program, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. Do the Girl Scouts have a survival badge?
"It shaped me and I can't say enough about the program and what it does for young men and now young women", Meyer says.
Her older brother Michael Flicker is an equally accomplished Boy Scout.