Starting next year, Boy Scouts will have a new name

Hugh Fox
May 4, 2018

In case you are concerned that the name change and the inclusion of girls mean that Scout camping trips will now include mixed-sex sleepovers, don't worry.

The Boy Scouts won't be just for boys any longer, the organization announced past year, and on Wednesday, it unveiled its new name: Scouts BSA.

Some say that declining BSA membership among young men has helped spur the change in membership policy.

Ever since the BSA's historic announcement allowing girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls have enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts.

"It's a more inclusive name", said Chris Mehaffey, Scout Executive and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America's Mid-America Council. The Cub Scout program, for ages 7 to 10 years, will keep its name, Kirk said. The new Scouts BSA program will largely be divided along gender-lines, with single-sex units pursuing the same types of activities, earning the same array of merit badges and potentially having the same pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award.

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"Girls can be involved in everything that boys get to do", Zoie said. In fact, a troop in north central Wisconsin has some of the first girl Cub Scouts.

"I don't think all the girls will want to go to the Boy Scouts", Grant said.

The group will now be referred to as "Scouts BSA" in February.

Opening the doors to girls comes after a 2014 decision to allow openly gay boys to join followed by accepting gay scout leaders in 2015.

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The organization announced on Wednesday a new name for its Boy Scouts program - Scouts BSA.

"I feel like I can do anything I believe in, and I can take on anything", Winkelman said.

"How do you manage these strategic tensions?" said Fiona Cummings of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. "And at Girl Scouts, we're preparing them for these opportunities".

Locals we talked to say they support the change.

Stephen Medlicott, national marketing group director of Boy Scouts of America, explained that Cub Scouts had always been a lot of fun, and now it included all children.

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