Austin-area Boy Scouts leader reacts to name change

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Along with the addition of female scouts, it will also be changing its name to Scouts BSA. According to a news release issued yesterday, the BSA announced their new "Scout Me In" campaign, which will aim at welcoming both boys and girls into their Cub Scout Program. He believes the name change takes away from the organization's original mission.

"We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward", he said.

"You know, we've had women involved in the program for a long time", says White.

Still, Girl Scouts of the US, a separate organization, which has opposed efforts by Boy Scouts of America to recruit girls to its ranks, said the name change was not much more than that - noting that it came without any new girl-focused programming. The Boy Scouts that include children aged 11 to 17 will be known as Scouts BSA starting next year.

The Panhandle chapter said it will be a natural transition for girls to enter Scouts BSA.

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Since the announcement was just made Wednesday, Page said they haven't yet had time to work out the details of when and where these new Scouts BSA troops for girls will be.

"We need to be sure to expand the number of opportunities, and making it easier for troop leaders to deliver to the girls", she said. But many other people dismissed such criticism as an overreaction. The Future Farmers of America is co-ed. I think this move will be a disaster and I expect the next regime in an attempt to clean up the mess will change it back with a massive ad campaign that may be too late. Several months before that, the group announced it would accept and register transgender youths into its organization.

In February 2019, Boy Scouts of America will change to Scouts BSA.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls.

This June, all Packs will have the option, at the discretion of their respective Chartered Organizations, to remain all-boy Packs, charter new all-girl Packs, or like Pack 117, become a Family Scouting Pack, to serve both boy dens and girl dens.

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"Families today are busier and more diverse than ever".

The Girl Scouts say they have about 1.76 million girls and more than 780,000 adult members, down from just over 2 million youth members and about 800,000 adult members in 2014.

Overall, the Boy Scouts of America have significantly loosened its membership requirements.

She said relations with the Boy Scouts in her region used to be collaborative and now are "very chilly". "You can't ask little boys to be masculine".

After being known for 108 years as Boy Scouts the newly coed organization is dropping the "boys" from its name. "My daughter played baseball a couple of years ago with the boys, and I don't recall any of them being irreparably harmed because they had a girl on the team", he said.

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