The Boy Scouts isn’t just for boys anymore.
Boy Scouts of America announced that the name of its popular “Boy Scouts” program for ages 11-17 will officially change to “Scouts BSA” in February 2019, when the program will allow girls to join its ranks.
Cub Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America program for ages 7-10, already began accepting girls in some troops earlier this year, with nationwide acceptance beginning June 1.
Commenting on the question of controversy involved in dropping “Boy” from the program name, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said deliberations on changing the name were “incredibly fun.”
“We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward. We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women,” he said.
Although the “Boy Scouts” program is changing its name to “Scouts BSA,” the organization itself, which was founded in 1910, is remaining “Boy Scouts of America.”