The Boy Scouts are Dropping the Word ‘Boy’ From Their Name as Girls Join the Ranks
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced a new campaign to celebrate the organization’s new inclusion of both girls and boys into scouting communities across the country. They also announced that the name of their older youth program will change to “Scouts BSA,” removing the word “boy” from its official name. The change will take effect in February 2019.
The new “Scout Me In” campaign welcomes both girls and boys into the Cub Scout program for the first time ever.
“It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women,” the BSA explains.
“Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.”
The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America. The Cub Scouts, the BSA’s program for 7 to 10-year-olds, will keep its title. But the Boy Scouts, the program for 11 to 17-year-olds, will now be Scouts BSA.
Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, says, “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts.”
He adds, “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”
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