Why Boy Scouts Is Dropping 'Boy' From Its Name

  • Why Boy Scouts Is Dropping 'Boy' From Its Name

Why Boy Scouts Is Dropping 'Boy' From Its Name

He says they anticipated the name would change, and that this is more descriptive of who makes up the program, now that it's open to girls.

He says the decision didn't take anyone by surprise, since it came from the result of an internal survey, where more than 90% of families thought the name change and inclusion of girls was a good idea.

The Boy Scouts won't be just for boys any longer, the organization announced a year ago, and on Wednesday, it unveiled its new name: Scouts BSA. A separate BSA affiliate Exploring program provides educational resources and knowledge on career fields and networking to both men and women.

According to BSA, 3,000 girls have joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs and the organization hopes to recruit more girls through its "Scout Me In" campaign. The parent organization that manages both programs will continue to be known as the Boy Scouts of America.

The program for children ages five through ten, called the Cub Scouts, will keep its name.

But the Boy Scouts - the program for 11- to 17-year-olds - will now be Scouts BSA. Girls are already allowed to be in the Cub Scouts.

A name change is creating a buzz online.

Clearly, America needs to wake up and remember boys and girls are different. It will remain Boy Scouts of America. How do we create a program that serves the needs for the entire family. "Some girls may want to join Scouts BSA because they are interested in attaining the Rank of Eagle, would like to explore all the merit badge opportunities that are offered, or maybe just participate in Scouting with a brother".

The parent organization will remain Boy Scouts of America, and Cub Scouts, the program for kids 7 to 10 years old, will remain unchanged.

"Girls love our programs and they also love to be with other girls as they develop these great leadership skills", Holland said. "That's why we're the best leadership development organization for girls in the world". Boy Scouts says its youth membership is down from 2.6 million in 2013 to around 2.3 million. "We both need to increase our membership numbers".

"We have 106 years of expertise in serving girls", said Holli Woodings, who is the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Board of Directors Chair. "If it's not them, it might be us".