Boy Scouts of America prepare to change name of Boy Scouts program to Scouts: BSA
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — A century-old program teaching America’s boys real-life skills is changing its name.
The Boy Scouts of America is changing the name of one of its major programs from the Boy Scouts to Scouts: BSA. The organizations other programs, Cub Scouts and Eagle Scouts, will keep their names.
The change is being made ahead of The Boy Scouts of America’s plan to allow girls into the newly named program.
One local Boy Scouts of America leader says the organization is shifting to a broader family-focus.
“So we’d like to reach out to the entire family and be able to offer programs to boys or girls, or both, to be able to serve more youth,” said BSA Gateway Area Council Scout Executive Sean Henneman.
The shift from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA will be made next February, around the same time girls will be admitted into the program.
The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland argues there are reasons to have gender-specific programs though.
“At Girl Scouts, when it comes to girls, we’re the experts. We’ve been doing this for 106 years. And we’re making a difference, we’re having an impact,” said Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Director of Marketing Christy Gibbs.
More than 3,00 girls have joined Cub Scout packs since the Boy Scouts of America began admitting girls last year. The Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland has not seen a major change in the number of new scouts since then.
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