Boy Scouts gets a new name for new rules
Starting in February 2019, Boy Scouts of America will no longer have “boy” in the name. Instead, the name will be Scouts BSA; this change was made to further promote the news that girls can join any troop. National Public Radio reports, “the organization’s name will remain the same; only the program for older youth will change its name.” In October 2017, the organization announced it would welcome girls to join for the first time in its 107-year-old history, according to multiple news sources.
Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh told Associated Press about the process of choosing one name from so many considered: “We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward. We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.” He also stated he will expect members enrolled to call themselves “scout” without a gender identifier.
“As we enter a new era for our generation, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” Surbaugh stated.
The program will be divided for different genders; however, the different divisions will still do the same activities: earn the same merit badges and “potentially hav[e] the same pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award,” the New York Times reports.
As of May 2, 2018, 3,000 girls have joined about 170 Cub Scout packs, according to the New York Times.