It was only a few months ago that the Boy Scouts of America approved the inclusion of girls in its programs. Well, now the Boy Scouts of America is changing its name. Gone are the days of the “Boy Scouts” as we welcome “Scouts BSA.” If you’re kind of confused, keep reading to find out why this iconic organization is making major changes.

With a new campaign slogan, “Scout Me In,” the Boy Scouts (um, make that Scouts BSA) are expanding the scope of their programs in an effort to be more inclusive—allowing girls to join their ranks. Oh wait, isn’t that what the Girl Scouts do? Hmm.

And yes, in a letter to Boy Scouts President Randall Stephenson (that garnered some serious media attention), Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan spoke out against the BSA’s decision. But that hasn’t stopped the Boy Scouts from offering programs for both boys and girls.

The new name won’t apply to all scouts or scouting programs. The Cub Scouts name will remain the same. That means the name change won’t affect Scouts ages 5 through 10 (whether they’re boys or girls). But it will impact children ages 11 through 17. These scouts will now go from being Boy Scouts to being the Scouts BSA.

Oh, and what you’re probably already thinking is correct—the BSA in “Scouts BSA” stands for Boy Scouts of America.

—Erica Loop

photo: flickr/ Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office


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