US Boy Scouts to change name in appeal to girls

Boy Scouts Remove 'Boy' from Name before Girls Enter their Ranks
Boy Scouts Drop 'Boy' From Program For Older Youth In New Campaign
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04 May, 2018

"We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward", Boy Scouts Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said. "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". Scouts BSA will begin recruiting girls 11-17 years old next year. Surbaugh said more than 3,000 girls nationwide already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts before the full launch.

"It's basically a call to action of "Scout Me In" as our programs are now available to young ladies and young men", says Mark Barbernitz, the Scout Executive/CEO of Boy Scouts of America's Northeastern Pennsylvania Council.

While some decry the loss of the masculine moniker, the Boy Scouts of America was looking at fast-dwindling coffers and declining membership-2.3 million, down from 2.6 million five years ago and 4 million at its peak. That includes Venturing and Sea Scouting programs, the latter allowing membership up to 21 years of age. The program's rebranding as the Scouts BSA, they announced Wednesday.

This June, all Packs will have the option, at the discretion of their respective Chartered Organizations, to remain all-boy Packs, charter new all-girl Packs, or like Pack 117, become a Family Scouting Pack, to serve both boy dens and girl dens. I'm sure many girls who would join the "Girl Scouts" will not now join the gender neutral "Scouts" as an alternative.

"Albizo said it gives boys and girls an extra opportunity to learn to work together". 'We celebrate that difference'. In October, it announced it would provide programs for girls.

Boy Scouts Remove 'Boy' from Name before Girls Enter their Ranks
The Boy Scouts Officially Change Their Name: They Are Dropping the "Boy"

It is also "ramping up a competitive campaign in response".

The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, feels this creates confusion.

Prefacing a compilation of social media reactions on cincinnati.com, Taylor Jade Powell observes "while some have praised the Boy Scouts of America for inclusion, others are up in arms".

The Guardian's Ben Jacobs noted on Twitter that Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, said that if the Boy Scouts of today - and the supporters of its new changes - parented the soldiers who fought in WWII, the war would have been won by the Axis Powers.

The Boy Scouts are getting rid of the word "boy" in their name.

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