Boy Scouts name change to "Scouts BSA" effective next year

04 May, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Essie Rivera
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The name change comes amid a new campaign slogan, "Scout Me In", that was made to emphasize the group's expansion from just boys to boys and girls. "We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents". The organization has also been facing low membership numbers and bad press, two other factors that may have affected the decision to change the name.

The name of the overall organisation will remain Boy Scouts of America. The race for inclusivity at any cost started with Boy Scouts having a policy against gay staff members - a policy that quickly died.

"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible", Surbaugh said. We sponsored award breakfasts for the athletes and other support activities for the benefit of both the boys and girls. Dell added that Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops are good places for non-binary and gender non-conforming youth as long as the environment is respectful and accepting.

Cub Scouts will formally accept girls starting this summer.

Boy Scout officials say more than 3,000 girls across the country have already enrolled and are now participating in the Cub Scout program that is co-ed.

"Boys and girls will get to experience, learn and enjoy this great youth program called scouting", Bohn said.

Charles Mead is the director of marketing and public relations for the Capitol Area Boy Scouts.

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"We had a lot of families that saw the great benefits to their sons, to their boys in the family and their sisters wanted to be a part of it", said Barry McDonald, Scout Executive for Grand Colombia Council Boy Scouts, "and for quite a few years there have been folks who have said, 'why can't our daughters be involved?"

In October, Boy Scouts of America announced it would allow girls into the Cub Scouts program, a step in allowing them to earn the coveted Eagle Scout ranking. "In its peak years, BSA had more than 4 million participants", reports John Bacon for USA Today.

Adults play a major role in the program: nearly 1 million adult volunteers serve as the backbone of the organization. The organization, founded two years after Boy Scouts, now claims a membership of about 1.8 million. Girls are already allowed to be in the Cub Scouts. That includes 23 new merit badges focusing on outdoors and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Still, the impact of the BSA effort is being felt. The organisation has said the decision to admit girls to the Cub Scouts was in response to the needs of families and because of dropping membership.

Smith said it totally changes the dynamic of the Boy scouts.

"How do you manage these strategic tensions?" she asked.

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