Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Boy Scouts changing its name as girls join ranks

Boy Scouts changing its name as girls join ranks

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

People posted their disapproval on social media to changing a longstanding name; many arguing it's destroying masculinity and believe girls should not be allowed to join. They are trying to convey that they are here for both young men and women.

"Since announcing the BSA's historic decision to welcome girls into scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year".

Jurgens herself was a member of the Girl Scouts, another iconic organization now directly competing with BSA for female members.

Scouts BSA announced they will begin accepting girls next year.

Boy Scouts of America calls it an exciting announcement, but others disagree. "The girls would always be following along - but now, they can earn the awards, same as the boys".

"Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls", Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo told the AP.

"I as a parent can now volunteer, engage and be with them because I don't have to, maybe babysit a younger kid while my older kid does scouts or something like that".

The BSA's new diversity and inclusivity push is evidenced on the front page of the group's website.

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Art Hawkins, Scout Executive of Evangeline Council BSA explains, "At the time where boys usually cross over as boy scouts, we will have an equal, identical but separate program for the girls to go into".

"They still have the Girl Scouts, so what is going to change about changing the boy's name?" questioned Doss.

Kirk said the changes will not be forced upon any troop.

A local chapter in Madison says no big changes will be made to their organization, because all ages and requirements are gender specific.

Within the a year ago the Boys Scouts of America has expressed plans to start recruiting girls into programs within their organization.

The Snake River Council is planning two days later this year to introduce the Scouting programs to more families, he said.

The Associated Press reported this story.

Parents and their children can decide whether the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts is the best fit, she added.

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