The Boy Scouts of America are about to make an historic change. Wednesday marks the transition to allow gay membership for the scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America says its aiming for a smooth transition as it gets ready to allow openly gay members.
The highly-controversial policy change was approved last May and takes effect on Jan. 1.
Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement that under the new policy, "no youth may be denied membership in the BSA on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
The new policy is supposed to "allow kids who sincerely want to be a part of Scouting, to experience (the) program while remaining true to the long-standing virtues of the Boy Scouts of America."