Boy Scouts to Officially Drop 'Boy' From Name to Welcome Girls

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The Boy Scouts of America announced in Evansville Thursday evening they will accept girls into the program.

For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee deemed the Boy Scouts "effectively dead," adding that the Boy Scouts gave young men "an identity" and "there really is a difference between boys and girls and the way they think and the way they grow up".

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America said the rebranding was part of the single-name approach used for Cub Scouts after its historic move previous year to admit girls to its program and let them earn the top rank of Eagle Scout.

It's too early to determine what impact the aggressive BSA effort to recruit girls will have on the Girl Scouts, an organization best known for its lucrative annual cookie sales.

Neely says once a girl scout always a girl scout. "My daughter could be an Eagle Scout now, and that was an incredible thought that I'd never considered before", DeLeve, 37, told Moneyish.

"How do you manage these strategic tensions?" she asked. "Why wouldn't I do it?'" This follows an announcement that they will be accepting girls into the non-gendered Cub Scouts starting this summer and subsequently will eradicate exclusions for girls at those higher levels.

So far, 3,000 girls have already enrolled in the Cub Scouts.

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In 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced after 107 years that the organization would finally allow girls to join in 2018.

"He knows she's coming up right behind him", their mother said.

For 12-year-old Sebastian, he has a little edge over his sister since he has been in scouting longer, but it's a historic moment for both. It's the Boy Scouts program that is for teens ages 11 to 17 that is changing its name, and that's because as of February 2019, girls will be allowed to join in on the fun. Now, they are being welcomed into Cub Scouts, and will soon walk the same "Trail to Eagle" as so many of their brothers and fathers have done.

Bonnie Denzer, Taylor's group leader, was also a tremendous help.

"Having both in the same organization keeps me sane", she said. They have different tastes and like different things.

About 105 million boys have been a part of the century old program, but membership has greatly declined over the years. Reasons include competition from sports leagues, a perception by some families that they are old-fashioned and busy family schedules. "Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before, making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing", the BSA statement said in October.

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