Boy Scouts plan name change as girls prepare to join

Area Girls to Join Boy Scouts of America

Area Girls to Join Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America have announced a new name for the iconic Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA.

Tyms says says it's a welcome change, and sisters of cub scouts have long participated alongside their brothers.

The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) will change the name of its largest program to Scouts BSA as the push continues to welcome girls into the organization. A separate BSA affiliate Exploring program provides educational resources and knowledge on career fields and networking to both men and women. Since then, 3,000 girls have enrolled in its Early Adopter Program for Cub Scouts - the first girl joined NYC Boy Scouts back in January.

"Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls", said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA CEO. The Cub Scout program, for ages 7 to 10 years, will keep its name, Kirk said.

But the Boy Scouts - the program for 11- to 17-year-olds - will now be Scouts BSA.

AFTER 108 years, the US Boy Scouts program is set to drop the gender from its name and re-emerge as "Scouts BSA", a more "inclusive" group that will also soon welcome girls in its ranks. In the face of BSA's move, GSA reported plans to launch an aggressive campaign to recruit new girls into its organization to counter BSA's move to search for new female members.

Among the Girl Scouts' efforts is creation of many new badges that girls can earn.

"I am a proud Eagle Scout", Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted. In October 2017, the Boy Scouts unanimously voted to begin allowing girls to join, starting in 2018.

It will be "Scout Me In", created to appeal to both boys and girls. But Lissa Brown of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio said they're not anxious about membership.

Surbaugh said BSA's national leadership respected the Girl Scouts' program and hoped both organizations could gain strength.

He also said there isn't going to be a huge change in uniforms, other than the addition of "skorts" or skirts that are shorts.

Both organizations have experienced decreased membership in recent years, the Associated Press reports.

"One of the things that has surprised us is how in many of our communities, there wasn't a girl option available".

Locals we talked to say they support the change.

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