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Boy Scouts Will Become Just 'Scouts' As Girls Prepare To Join

Boy Scouts Will Become Just 'Scouts' As Girls Prepare To Join

"I remember seeing one of the women talk and thinking, 'Wow, I want to be just like her.' These experiences were some of the many ways in which Girl Scouts has shaped my outlook on the STEM fields: that a girl can do STEM, and she can do it well".

The organization already has started admitting girls into the Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA begins accepting girls next year.

But the Boy Scouts - the program for 11- to 17-year-olds - will now be Scouts BSA.

"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible", Boy Scouts of America chief executive Michael Surbaugh said in a statement.

Change has been coming quickly to the iconic if shrinking organization.

A year ago the Boy Scouts of America opened their program to girls. In Jan. 2017, they announced they would accept transgender members.

"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".

Boy Scouts of America will drop "Boy" from its main program name, in an effort to be more inclusive. Cub Scouts serves children from kindergarten until the fifth grade.

"There's not just a general scouting, there's a boy scouting program and a girl scouting program", said Heather Thornton, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council.

Charles Mead is the director of marketing and public relations for the Capitol Area Boy Scouts.

More girls are expected to join Boy Scouts ranks as a new campaign called "Scout Me In" will debut this summer. "We have been allowing at our day camps, over the last couple of years, little sisters and older sisters to come to our day camps with our Cub Scouts".

Adults play a major role in the program: nearly 1 million adult volunteers serve as the backbone of the organization. Suddenly we live in a society where women are encouraged to be women and men are encouraged to include women in everything they do.

After existing quite nicely for more than 100 years, political correctness has driven a stake right through the heart of the Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scouts list a series of efforts created to "stay ahead of the pack of youth organizations".

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

She said relations with the Boy Scouts in her region used to be collaborative and now are "very chilly".

"When I saw the announcement in October I showed Ana and asked her, 'What's your take on it?'" Matabuena de Garcia said. And both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have seen membership shrink.