Boy Scouts changing name as girls join the program

04 May, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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"Starting February 1, girls will be able to join Scouts BSA, which will give them a pathway to our highest award in scouting called the Eagle Scout rank", said Adams.

It's also unclear what effect the changes will have on the Girl Scouts of the US, an all-girls youth scouting program.

Both groups will be ramping up membership drives as they try to lure girls into their troops, including Scouts BSA's new "Scout Me In" program that was also announced today. And the Girl Scout organization remains, although it isn't certain how the new policies will affect its membership.

The release noted that Scouts BSA will remain under the umbrella company of Boy Scouts of America, and Cub Scouts will remain the name for its program for children ages 7 to 10. According to Boy Scouts of America's 2016 annual report, now 2,085,310 boys ages six to 17 were enrolled in its programs.

Next year, the organization will change the name of its older youth program for 11- to 17-year-olds - known now as "Boy Scouts", to "Scouts BSA". And finally, last October, the BSA announced it would begin programs for girls.

Cooley also says boys and girls will be taught separately. A former Boy Scout and father of two Girl Scouts doesn't like the idea of combining genders. "They can go camping and rafting and rock climbing".

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The Advance met with Grace in February when she was preparing for her first official Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts meeting.

The Boy Scouts previous year opted to allow transgender boys to join.

"In this day and age, with the way things are changing, I think it was only natural that it was going to happen", Weise said.

Sterrett said the original move to allow girls to join came after years of parents asking the Boy Scouts to provide programs that appeal to both their daughters and sons. The Boy Scouts say change is always a work in progress.

The Associated Press reported this story. It had 2.6 million members five years ago, down from its peak of four million.

"Just like anybody, the Girl Scouts are not for everybody and the Boy Scouts are not for everybody", scout executive CEO Shane Cooley says. Girls already are allowed in the Cub Scouts.



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