The Boy Scouts of America have announced that they will be re-naming their older youth program to help make sure “all youth are welcome.”
Last year, the major scouting organization said that they would admit girls into their ranks and beginning in 2019, they will allow them to reach the rank of Eagle Scout.
In a statement released Wednesday, the BSA explained that the name change was part of an overall recruitment campaign called “Scout Me In.”
The Boy Scouts explained that “Scout Me In” is the first recruitment campaign to feature girls in the promotional materials.
“The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country,” stated the Boy Scouts.
“It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women.”
BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh explained the Wednesday press release that the name change to “Scouts BSA” will occur in Feb. 2019 and only apply to the Boy Scouts, not the Cub Scouts. The Boy Scouts serves middle school and high school students while the Cub Scouts serves elementary school students.
“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” Surbaugh said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post