The Boy Scouts of America will drop "boy" from the name of its signature programme for older youths as it seeks to widen its appeal to girls, the 108-year-old organisation said on Wednesday. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, "Scout Me In", as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts.
The change was announced as part of the organization's new Scout Me In marketing campaign, which features girls and boys. But the changes also reflect shifting social and cultural norms that expect programs to be equally available to boys and girls.
The name change, although a very small change, is, according to Walsh, a very big deal and it should be very upsetting to see an "iconic" organization destroying itself by "bending to the whims of the PC leftist mob".
Girl Scout leaders said they were blindsided by the move, and they are gearing up an aggressive campaign to recruit and retain girls as members. The incorporation of girls may also be a way to buoy the organization's slumping membership.
Among the initiatives is creation of numerous new badges that girls can earn, focusing on outdoor activities and on science, engineering, technology and math. "That's why we're the best leadership development organization for girls in the world".
"We proudly own the "Girl" in Girl Scouts", a spokesperson said. For over twenty-five years, girls have been a part of BSA's co-ed Venturing, Exploring, and Sea Scouts programs.More news: PLO official condemns accusations made against President Abbas
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The Boy Scouts say current youth participation is about 2.3 million, down from 2.6 million in 2013 and more than 4 million in peak years of the past.
The Boy Scouts of America has more than 2.4 million youth participants and almost 1 million adult volunteers, according to its website.
Overall, the Boy Scouts of America have significantly loosened its membership requirements.
Girl-led. Girl-tested. Girl-approved since 1912.
Girl Scouts has previously criticized the decision to start accepting girls into the Boy Scouts program.
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.