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Boys Scouts Are Set to Welcome Girls Next Year

Alexandra Silverstone 9 is both a Girl Scout and one of the first female Cub Scouts with the Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts said on Wednesday that it would drop "boy" from its name in a bid to attract more girls to its program.

The Boy Scouts a year ago opted to allow transgender boys to join.

"Scouts BSA perfectly represents the new, inclusive program for older Scouts that the Boy Scouts of America is proud to offer", said Effie Delimarkos, a spokeswoman.

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.

If people are concerned about the moral formation of boys and "making boys into men", Walsh said, "then you need to separate them from girls". The name of the organization will remain Boy Scouts of America.

The members will use the word "scouts" to refer to one another instead of "boy scouts" or "girl scouts".

The Guardian's Ben Jacobs noted on Twitter that Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, said that if the Boy Scouts of today - and the supporters of its new changes - parented the soldiers who fought in WWII, the war would have been won by the Axis Powers.

The Boy Scouts of America will rebrand as Scouts BSA and start recruiting girls
The Boy Scouts of America will rebrand as Scouts BSA and start recruiting girls

"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible", Surbaugh said.

"They will have the opportunity to earn the same ranks and participate in the same activities as the boys who participate now in that program".

UNITED STATES - The name "Boy Scouts" will be no more: the organization announced a huge change this morning. The Boy Scouts, as we knew them, are dead. Cub Scouts serves children from kindergarten until the fifth grade.

Scouts BSA, the program for 11-to-17-year-olds, will stay divided along gender lines.

After existing quite nicely for more than 100 years, political correctness has driven a stake right through the heart of the Boy Scouts.

Some were not impressed with the new name. Since announcing the BSA's historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

"Get over it", Kevin Aldrich, a member-at-large with a Boy Scout council in central Indiana, told The Indianapolis Star. "Girls belong in GIRL Scouts". "We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA's programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike".

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