US Boy Scouts to change name in appeal to girls

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While the organization will remain Boy Scouts of America, the older youth program for 11 to 17 years olds, known as "Boy Scouts", will become "Scouts BSA" in 2019.

But it all changed for her in October when Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced it was opening up its Cub Scout program to girls.

Boys will be Scouts BSA; so, too will older girls after Boy Scouts of America announced a name change yesterday as part of its ongoing repositioning into a gender-neutral organization as it unveiled its plans for a new "Scout Me In" marketing campaign. Back in 2013, the group lifted a ban on openly gay members and in 2015, it dropped its prohibition against gay scout leaders.

"We're proud to introduce scout me in, the new campaign that invites all kids and families in America to be part of the life-changing experience that is scouting". And they're not only changing their names... they're also changing their traditions.

Following the Boy Scouts' decision to change its name to Scouts BSA, Georgia GOP Gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams released a fiery statement slamming the move.

Scouts BSA "will stay divided along gender lines...."

"Our society is making it so that boys can no longer be boys", he said. "They had no idea that Girl Scouts does something like this".

Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Told Award recipients, and girls who enlist int eh U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

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Other programs will also begin admitting girls, if they have not begun to do so already.

Surbaugh explained that single-sex units will ensure that girls will not have to compete with boys for leadership positions.

"We put the word girl in Girl Scouts, said Kathi Schutz, Community Engagement Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains".

Some were not impressed with the new name. "We want you to join!'"

Alexandra wanted to join the Boy Scouts because, "it's fun, and you can do more stuff", she told Moneyish.

The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, feels this creates confusion.

At the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, where enrollment is up for the third year in a row, CEO Nancy Wright took the opportunity to emphasize the differences between the boy and girl scouts. "Girls have always come to their brothers' [Boy Scout] meetings with their families, so why not bring them on board into the organization officially, and continue that message of family scouting?" And both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have seen membership shrink.

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