Boy Scouts plan to drop 'boy'

Boy Scouts plan to drop 'boy'

The name change comes amid strained relations between the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

"I joined Girl Scouts when I was about 8 years old as a Brownie, and it was through my experience in scouting that this passion [for science] grew", wrote Mary Katherine Futrell, a 10th grader at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, to Dallas Innovates. The decision is the latest shake-up of an organization with a long history of change - from the desegregation of troops in the 60s and 70s to the admittance of openly gay members in 2013.

The parent organization and Cub Scouts, however, will not change their names. "With declining membership, they need the girls or it would be called Bankrupt Scouts".

Page added these scout troops will still be broken up by gender, but will now give girls ages 11-18 an opportunity to join.

We'll leave the last word to Eugene Gu, M.D., an outspoken critic of the President who tweets: "All these conservative snowflakes getting outraged about the Boy Scouts accepting girls and changing its name to Scouts BSA don't realize that it's simply a business decision".

Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh told The Associated Press that many names were considered and that the ultimate goal was "to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward". The council now serves 4 girls in Cub Scouts, 27 teenage girls in Venturing and 81 teenage girls in Exploring.

"Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it's available to all kids", said Stephen Medlicott, BSA marketing director.

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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.

The Boy Scouts of America has lost about a third of its members since 2000, which now stands at about 2.3 million. In many packs, sisters of Blue Mountain Council's Cub Scouts have been present and participating in Pack meetings and other family events for years.

Adults play a major role in the program: nearly 1 million adult volunteers serve as the backbone of the organization. The Boy Scouts, as we knew them, are dead.

The Boy Scouts of America are making some changes. Kolbert has worked with Girl Scouts on some joint programming with Barnard.

Among the initiatives is creation of numerous new badges that girls can earn, focusing on outdoor activities and on science, engineering, technology and math.

Futrell said she attended a STEM event at Camp Whispering Cedars a few years ago, where she took part in hands-on experiments. Waning numbers have sent both groups scrambling to entice people to join and remain active.

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