The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday its plan to remove the word “Boy” from its iconic program.
According Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, a new campaign entitled “Scout Me In” aims to push for more inclusiveness in the organization’s ranks.
As reported by USA Today, while the umbrella organization Boy Scouts of America or BSA will keep its name, the Boy Scouts program, aimed at 10 to 17 year olds, will be changed to Scouts BSA in the near future.
The Cub Scouts, a program for 7-10 year olds, however, will keep its name due to it already being “gender neutral.” “Change has been coming quickly to the iconic if shrinking organization.
The Girl Scouts, which is said to have 1.8 million members, have been opposed to the move, arguing that allowing females into the Boy Scouts organization will reduce its ranks.