According to Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, the new name was chosen to convey the inclusive nature of the Boy Scouts program, as the BSA intends to begin accepting girls into Boy Scout troops.
Boy Scouts of America will be changing the name of its flagship program to something more user friendly, as marketers say, while it prepares to welcome girls into the organization for the first time in 108 years. A nationwide campaign called "Scout Me In" is expected to increase that as recruitment efforts intensify over the summer.
"Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls", Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo told the AP.
"I think it's incredible that she can go through the whole entire program just as I did", Tobie said.
Though the decline in numbers is one of the reasons for the change, BSA is also trying to accommodate a new generation of families. "Some girls may want to join Scouts BSA because they are interested in attaining the Rank of Eagle, would like to explore all the merit badge opportunities that are offered, or maybe just participate in Scouting with a brother".
The Boy Scouts of America announced they will be changing their official name to Scouts BSA, and is now welcoming girls.
Surbaugh said BSA's national leadership respected the Girl Scouts' program and hoped both organizations could gain strength.
A local chapter in Madison says no big changes will be made to their organization, because all ages and requirements are gender specific.
"I think there's a lot of enthusiasm for it".
The parent group, Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts will keep their names the same, but Cub Scouts will be kicking off the "Scout Me In" campaign to include both boys and girls in their program.
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Surbaugh appears to hold no hard feelings if girls decide to join the Girl Scouts.
Assistant Scout Master Don Bernard says Boy Scouts have had the opportunity to door more outdoors activities than Girl Scouts.