Michael Surbaugh, the BSA's chief scout executive, said reinforcing positive character traits is important for everyone.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was quick to respond after the Boy Scouts of America's board of directors voted unanimously to admit girls into the Cub Scout program.
"The values of Scouting - trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, courageous and reverent, for example - are important for both young men and women", Michael Surbaugh, the Boy Scouts' chief scout executive, said in a release.
The board noted that all Cub Scout dens "will be single-gender - all boys or all girls", however.
Earlier this year, the National Organization for Women urged the Boy Scouts to admit girls to the entire program, supporting the efforts of a NY teenager, Sydney Ireland, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, as her older brother did.
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Starting in 2018, girls will be allowed to join Cub Scout dens and the program for older girls to work toward Eagle Scout will begin in 2019. "Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing", the BSA statement said.
The organization announced in January that it would allow transgender boys to join. The results indicated that families were ready for the Boy Scouts to be girl friendly.
The Girl Scouts did not immediately respond a request for comment on Wednesday.
In their August letter to the Boy Scouts, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA's national president, called BSA "reckless" and shortsighted in "thinking that running a program specifically tailored to boys can simply be translated to girls". "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 that I want to be part of. I think girls should have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender". The Washington Post reported the Boy and Girl Scouts have lost around a million members each in the last decade.