Openly gay men allowed to join Scouts in 2014
31 December 2013 Last updated at 23:12 GMT
From January 1 2014, openly gay young men will be allowed to join America's Scouts.
The move follows a long and sometime impassioned debate in the Boy Scouts of America movement, culminating in a vote last May by the organisation's national council.
However, gay men will remain barred from leadership positions in the movement.
Russell Trott reports.