The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday also unveiled its "Scout Me In" program that features girls along with boys and starts this summer.
Leader Jan Helge Bohn of Cub Scout Pack 158 is excited about what the changes for his eight Cub Scout girls will be. The deliberations for the new moniker were "incredibly fun" but lengthy.
"The name change for the Boy Scouts isn't going to change how the girl scouts operation or how we're empowering the girls", says Regional Director for Girl Scouts of America in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Amber Trunzo.
However what is changing is the name of one of their core programs, the boy scouts. He joined Capital Tonight to discuss what it means for the organization and responds to the Girl Scouts less than enthusiastic reply. "We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA's programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike". Surbaugh said he expects that kids enrolled in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves just as "scouts", without "girl" or "boy" identifiers.
The program will still remain tailored to each gender, with single-sex units remaining unchanged.
"However, some residents say they don't think the name change is a good idea".
Over my decade as a [girl] scout, I did much more than sell cookies, participating in events from learning to knit to orienteering in the freezing rain. Boys and girls will have the same requirements for all Scout ranks, merit badges, and awards, just as boys and girls now have the same requirements in Cub Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouts. In October, it announced it would provide programs for girls.
The Girl Scouts list a series of efforts created to "stay ahead of the pack of youth organizations".
Now this switch only affects the Boy Scout program. But the changes also reflect shifting social and cultural norms that expect programs to be equally available to boys and girls.
A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia on Thursday blasted the Boy Scouts of America's decision to allow girls to enter its ranks, pointing out an apparent danger in de-masculinizing America's young men.
Some were not impressed with the new name.
"So, Boy Scouts is admitting girls and won't be called Boy Scouts anymore". Waning numbers have sent both groups scrambling to entice people to join and remain active.
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