The Boy Scouts of America will allow openly gay scouts into the organization for the first time, starting Wednesday.
The national council voted in May 2013 to lift the ban.
The historic change will not deny a boy membership based only on sexual orientation or preference.
However, the organization is still maintaining its ban on gay adult leaders.
The controversial decision led some members to form a new organization called Life Trail USA.
It is nearly identical to Boy Scouts, except it bans openly gay members.