Boy Scouts changes name to Scouts BSA to attract girls

Boy Scouts is dropping 'boy' from its name in an appeal to girls — and Girl Scouts is already firing back

Boy Scouts is dropping 'boy' from its name in an appeal to girls — and Girl Scouts is already firing back

The Boy Scouts of America is dropping the word "boy" from their name to welcome girls into their program.

The Boy Scouts of America is taking the "boy" out of their name.

This historic name change is part of the Boy Scouts of America's "Scout Me In" campaign, according to an organization news release, celebrating the "expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country".

"It's an opportunity for us to have a name that both young men and young women can identify with", Glacier's Edge Council Scout Executive and CEO Alex Tyms said. The only name changing is that of the Boy Scouts program, which is for children 11 to 17 years old.

Scouts BSA announced they will begin accepting girls next year.

The Boy Scouts of America, which recently changed its policies to allow girls to join the organization, will rename its flagship program from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA next February.

"The girls kept up with the boys, or may have even done better", Pittman said.

"The Girl Scouts highest rank is gold in achievement, but there is not the same global perception of Girl Scout gold as there is of Eagle Scout", said Aldrich.

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Scout leaders here say they've already gotten negative feedback because of confusion.

The Girl Scouts of OR and Southwestern Washington has released a statement regarding the integration and rebranding of Scouts BSA.

"I think a lot of our programs are gender-neutral, but we'd just always been the 'Boys Scouts, ' " he said.

He said their aim is to open Cub Scout opportunities to girls, rather than recruit away from Girl Scouts, for example.

The Boy Scouts said membership stands at about 2.3 million - down from 2.6 million in 2013 and more than 4 million in previous peak years, the AP said.

"I can see where they would intermingle for different reasons, but don't make them the same", says Vienna resident and former scout Charles Flinn.

Last fall, the BSA announced that they'd be welcoming girls into the younger Cub Scouts program, BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement to ABC News.

Both organizations will be fighting to enroll a dwindling number of interested members. Don't they have to change, too?

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