Boy Scouts of America prepares for program name change

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The name change comes about six months after the BSA said it would start admitting girls to its flagship Boy Scouts program. Instead, you can call 'em Scouts BSA beginning in February.

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".

More than 3,000 girls have also enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program since the organization announced in October that it would welcome girls, the BSA said. The scouts, a program for 11- to 17-year-old boys, will be open to girls as of next winter. According to Boy Scouts of America's 2016 annual report, now 2,085,310 boys ages six to 17 were enrolled in its programs.

Saying the name change process was "incredibly fun", Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh stated that many different names were considered during the deliberations. "So I think it was only a matter of time before you see women bleed into the Boy Scouts or any other organization, for that matter". That's a direct threat to the girl scouts - therefore a direct threat to your supply of thin mints. "They can go camping and rafting and rock climbing".

The BSA's new diversity and inclusivity push is evidenced on the front page of the group's website.

After 106 years, The Boy Scouts of America announces a name change to its signature scouting program because it now welcomes girls.

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"They are unproductive because we've never expected anything from them and they are narcissists because we've never let them fail", he explains.

"I feel like I can do anything I believe in, and I can take on anything", Winkelman said.

The program wanted a more inclusive moniker because it's expanding to welcome girls in 2019.

The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts - its program for 7- to 10-year-olds - will keep its title, as well.

"This was really an opportunity the Boy Scouts of America had looked at over a couple of years", he said.

The Boy Scouts have seen a drop in participation from the more than 4 million members in past peak years to now about 2.3 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013.