Across the nation, there are mixed reactions over a move to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts of America. 

As of Friday, the program formerly known as "Boy Scouts" is now called "Scouts BSA", and will allow both boys and girls ages 11 through 17 to join.  For the first time ever, both genders will have the same chance to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the organization.  

It's an opportunity Punahou student Lauren Lee is grateful for. 

"I think that it would be pretty cool if I became an Eagle Scout.  I think that it would be a wonderful opportunity," said Lee. 

Current Eagle Scout Reece Kiobey also welcomes the change with open arms.

"I'm so thrilled because so many of my friends who are girls couldn't be in the program before, but now have the opportunity to get the Eagle Scout award," said Kiobey. 

But the change is also sparking plenty of debate.  Last year, Girl Scouts of the USA sued the Boy Scouts when the name change was first proposed.

For Dean Calibrao, a father of a Girl Scout of Hawaii, the change seems unnecessary. 

"I think the Girl Scouts is fantastic as is.  There's a purpose and a place for it as is that helps girls grow into confident, strong women.  I see that in the program," explained Calibrao. 

"The leadership development that the Girl Scouts has is not something that can be duplicated by any other organization," said Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawaii. 

Boys and girls will be separated for most activities, and the first group of female Eagle Scouts are expected to be recognized in 2020. At the younger level last year, Cub Scouts started accepting girls. 

According to Jeff Sulzbach, Scout Executive and CEO of Aloha Council, there are 11 girls that are in the process of joining Scouts BSA in Hawaii. 

"We expect somewhere in between 50 and 100 girls to join over the next month," said Sulzbach.