Local Boy Scout supporters react to organization's name change

04 May, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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After more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America are giving in to political correctness and changing the name of their flagship program.

The name of the overall organisation will remain Boy Scouts of America.

Boy Scouts of America also unveiled its "Scout Me In" program on Wednesday that welcomes girls to the organization while also revealing that more than 3,000 girls nationwide are already participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

"It's an opportunity for us to have a name that both young men and young women can identify with", Glacier's Edge Council Scout Executive and CEO Alex Tyms said. Girls will not only be able to join the BSA's Cub Scout program, but will have a clear path to join the organization's highest rank of Eagle Scout. Younger children (ages 7-10) will still be known as Cub Scouts.

News 18 spoke with the Chippewa Valley scouts about the "Scout Me In" campaign, and how the shift will do good for the organization. "But also new boys are joining because they are not just looking at it as boys scouts but scouts were in this together", said Meier. A former Boy Scout and father of two Girl Scouts doesn't like the idea of combining genders.

"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.


While it is a historic change, Adams said they see their message of character development, citizenship training and mental and physical fitness as gender neutral.

Much like the parent organization, Gillick said he does not expect the local councils to change their name, only the name of the Boy Scouts program.

For now, girls will not yet be officially allowed to become Scouts.

"We are best prepared and best positioned to serve today's families, which don't look anything like they did fifty years ago", says Hawkins, "New millennial families are looking for a family program".

Information from the Associated Press was included in this report. Wright said that the boy scouts and girls scouts are different, noting that the girl scouts "are focused on how girls learn and develop". "And it will have all of the same program requirements, the same advancement requirements and all of the same activities that boys do", said Boy Scouts of America spokesman Charles Mead.

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