The Boy Scouts of America recently announced that they will soon begin allowing girls to join their main program for 11-17-year olds. Effective on February 01, 2019, the flagship program will be referred to as Scouts BSA. The scouts will be divided by gender to alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities, according to Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. Regardless, all scouts will earn the same merit badges and participate in the same activities to earn the organization’s top Eagle Scout award. Surbaugh goes on to say that he predicts that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding “boy” or “girl.”
Their current Scout Me In campaign has welcomed over 3,000 girls into approximately 170 of their Cub Scouts programs for kids between ages 7 and 10. Unlike the flagship program, The Cub Scouts program does not plan on changing its name. In addition, the organization also does not plan on changing its name and will continue to be known as Boy Scouts of America. Read more about this story on Glamour here.
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Boy Scouts of America are dropping the ‘Boy,’ and calling their program Scouts BSA, opening up the program to girls. Does this mean Girl Scouts will end soon?
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