The Boy Scouts Are Getting A New Name

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Last year, BSA opened that organization up to girls, and Scouts BSA will do the same starting next year.

This change takes effect in February, which is when girls can officially join the program.

BSA also announced a new campaign called "Scout Me In", that aims to encourage boys and girls to join its Cub Scout program. Though girls have been allowed to participate in the Venture Scouting program for over twenty years, girls will now fully be able to participate in all levels of BSA scouting.

For a while now, the BSA's junior program, Cub Scouts, has been admitting girls.

Assistant Chief Scott Executive Patrick Sterrett said, "Scouts BSA just fits perfectly as we welcome an entirely new gender into our iconic program". "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".

"I can see my girls wanting to be part of Scouts BSA", she added. "The girls would always be following along - but now, they can earn the awards, same as the boys".

Still Mehaffey believes the name switch won't make a huge difference in girls joining the scouts. That's right, they aren't boy scouts anymore, but the more inclusive "scouts".

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

This change comes after the organization started allowing girls to join. As his organization prepares to welcome girls into its ranks, Gillick said he looks forward to the changes.

Boy Scouts of America says it wants to create equal opportunities, but Woodings says they're already there. In October they said the organization would include programs for girls.

Meanwhile, Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts, says that her organization will continue to recruit young ladies and hopes that Girl Scouts will be the "first choice" for girls thinking about scouting.

Girls Scouts youth membership has dropped from 2 million youth members in 2014 to 1.76 million members.

"They are unproductive because we've never expected anything from them and they are narcissists because we've never let them fail", he explains.

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.