The Boy Scouts of America are changing their name and are admitting girls into the program. Now dubbed the Scouts BSA, the group will begin allowing girls to join their ranks, sharing their merits, and even offering girls the honor of earning the prestigious Eagle Scout badge.
Since the recruiting for the Boy Scouts has recently hit a sharp decline, the move was seen by some as a move to boost participation and fundraising. Others argue the move is necessary for the times, offering to girls the same opportunities as to boys – progressive equality.
Here’s more on the change, from CNN:
Less than a year after the Boy Scouts of America decided to invite girls to join, the organization announced that it will refer to its older youth program as “Scouts BSA” starting in February 2019.
The name change comes amid a new campaign slogan, “Scout Me In,” that was made to emphasize the group’s expansion from just boys to boys and girls.
“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America, said in a statement. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ — because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!'”
The name change only applies to the program currently called Boy Scouts, which is available for teens ages 11-17. The Cub Scouts program, for children ages 5-10, will not undergo a name change. The name of the organization will remain Boy Scouts of America.
The decision to open the scouting program to girls last October was both a reflection of growing progressive attitudes as well as a business decision. The Boy Scouts of America has seen declining numbers for years. The organization says it has nearly 2.3 million youth members between 5 and 21, a decrease from the 2.8 million members in 2012.
Whether financial or social, the move stirred quite the controversy among people across the country. That is, until actor James Woods ended the debate for good.
“Now that the Boy Scouts no longer exist and must accept girls, how is it possible Girl Scouts still exist, but don’t accept boys?” Woods tweeted.
Now that the Boy Scouts no longer exist and must accept girls, how is it possible Girl Scouts still exist, but don’t accept boys?
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 3, 2018
If the move was financial, wouldn’t the Girl Scouts want the increased revenue as well? If the move concerned equality, shouldn’t the groups be equal? Some people who replied to Woods think he nailed his comment:
My question is, if the reason girls want to join the Boy Scouts, why would girls not just try to reform the Girl Scouts? Adding the things they wanted from the Boy Scouts? Asinine.
— Bradley Brewer (@Brad_S_Brewer) May 3, 2018
They could have literally formed a new organization called “SCOUTS” and opened it to everyone… but no… had to create drama…
— Bryan McNally 🇺🇸 (@BryanDMcNally) May 3, 2018
This marks the end of another #TRADITION. Why are we letting this happen?
— Poruje (@Poruje) May 3, 2018
I don’t get it. Boys are boys, girls are girls! News flash WE ARE DIFFERENT! God made us that way for a reason. I guess I’m old school.
— Nanci Taylor (@nancitaylor1) May 3, 2018
Instead of girls suing BSA to admit them, they should have sued Girl Scouts to do the things they wanted to do!
— David Owen#CCOT (@debiobi) May 3, 2018
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
There’s nothing wrong with boys and girls having their own clubs! Leave it to the left to ruin a good thing!
— Jessica (@jess91073) May 3, 2018