Boy Scouts will become "Scouts BSA" as it adds girls in 2019

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Wednesday, Boy Scouts of America announced their program will change its name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA.

Boy Scouts of America says giving this equal opportunity won't take anything away from the boys, instead, it's about building better futures for all kids. "We're trying to find the right way to say we're here for both young men and young women".

"Our Early Adopter Program, a soft launch allowing girls to participate in Cub Scouts ahead of the 2018-2019 program year, now has more than 3,000 girls across the USA enrolled so far", Delimarkos said.

The Boy Scouts of America are about to remove "Boy" from the organization's flagship Boy Scouts program, and not everyone is OK with the extraction. The program that was formerly Boy Scouts, and is now Scouts BSA, is for children ages 11 through 17.

Boy Scouts of America calls it an exciting announcement, but others disagree.


Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins also said at the time that her organization has always had a great relationship with the Boy Scouts.

Still, some locals say they never thought the Boy Scouts would make such big changes but are happy they did. "Some girls may want to join Scouts BSA because they are interested in attaining the Rank of Eagle, would like to explore all the merit badge opportunities that are offered, or maybe just participate in Scouting with a brother".

Both organizations have had declining numbers in recent years and they are now competing for girls to be part of their programs.

The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world.

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY-- For more than a century, the older youth program of the Boy Scouts of America has been known as "Boy Scouts".


"We have something that is special for girls and I think a lot of what's been happening is people are like, "well it's just more convenient" and I don't think girls are an afterthought", said Woodings.

The name change also shows the century-old organization is evolving to serve the whole family with its leadership and character education programs, she said.

And, it's not going to sit well with Girls Scouts of the US whose CEO, Sylvia Acevedo, has referred to the membership change in media reports as an attempted "hostile takeover".

"They are unproductive because we've never expected anything from them and they are narcissists because we've never let them fail", he explains.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.


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