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The reason why Boy Scouts of America is changing its iconic name after 114 years

The 'Boy Scouts of America' have trained young people to make moral choices.

The reason why Boy Scouts of America is changing its iconic name after 114 years
Cover Image Source: Members of the Boy Scouts participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 31, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Inclusion fosters opportunities for everyone to thrive. Embracing this principle, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has decided to rebrand as 'Scouting America.' This change "reflects the continuing efforts to welcome everyone to experience the benefits of Scouting." With this announcement, they are opening their doors to LGBTQ+ individuals, girls, Black youth, and anyone eager to join.

Image Source: Boy Scouts of America present the colors during the national anthem before the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Image Source: Boy Scouts of America present the colors during the national anthem before the Los Angeles Rams and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 31, 2021, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

For over a century, the Boy Scouts of America has trained young people to make ethical and moral decisions, guided by the Scout Oath and Law. In their iconic tan shirts, green shorts, and neckerchiefs, young scouts prepare for life's challenges. The organization's insignia embodies its rich tradition and moral values.

On May 7, 2024, the 114-year-old organization announced its name change at a meeting in Florida. The official transition to 'Scouting America' will occur on February 8, 2025, aligning with BSA’s 115th birthday. “The move to Scouting America showcases a commitment to represent the next chapter of Scouting,” stated the organization. The announcement has received mixed reactions from the public.



 

The name change is another step toward enhancing inclusivity within the organization. In recent years, BSA has made several efforts to include all students. In 2013, it began allowing gay youth to join scouting programs, according to the Associated Press.

BSA is composed of more than 1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and more than 628,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. Earlier, it was an all-boys organization, but in 2017, it started accepting girls in the Scouts’ core program. At present, more than 176,000 girls and young women are enrolled across all BSA programs, as per WFMJ. In the same year, it also announced transgender children would be allowed to join.

Image Source: Sign with logo for Boy Scouts of America in the Silicon Valley, Foster City, California, April 11, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
Image Source: Sign with logo for Boy Scouts of America in the Silicon Valley, Foster City, California, April 11, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

“Scouting America provides a welcoming, safe environment where youth can become the best version of themselves by learning from and respecting each other,” said Roger Krone, the President and Chief Executive Officer of BSA, in the recently released official statement, “I encourage everyone to join us and experience the benefits of Scouting.” He added, “Though our name will be new, our mission remains unchanged: we are committed to teaching young people to be Prepared. For Life.”  

The name change also addresses challenges BSA has faced, including bankruptcy and sexual abuse allegations. Over 80,000 men reported being sexually abused as children while scouting, according to the Daily Mail. Additionally, the pandemic led to declining membership. The past few years have been tumultuous for BSA.

Image Source:  Boy Scouts carry pictures of veterans during the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Image Source: Boy Scouts carry pictures of veterans during the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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