The church said the decision was made because the religion has expanded outside the United States and will explore programs for its young, international members, CNN reported.
The announcement came months after the Boy Scouts said the organization would admit girls into the programs starting with the Cub Scouts this year, and expanding to Boy Scout troops next year. It also announced last week that Boy Scout troops will be called Scouts BSA, CBS News reported. The name of the entire organization will remain Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts will also remain unchanged.
The church did not say what exactly caused the split, which affects 20 percent of the Boy Scouts' 2.3 million members in the United States, The Washington Post reported.
BSA has allowed not only girls to join its ranks, it has also started including openly gay troop leaders, lifting the ban in 2015, and has allowed transgendered Scouts last year, the Post reported.