A U.S. organization that has had the word “Boy” in its name for more than a century is taking a big step toward becoming gender neutral. USA Today reports that the Boy Scouts of America will drop the “Boy” from the name of the group’s signature Scouting program as the organization seeks to become the scouting organization of choice for boys and girls.
“Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh also unveiled the group’s new ‘Scout Me In’ marketing campaign aimed at promoting inclusiveness,” the report notes.
Saurbaugh is quoted saying: “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible.”
The report notes that the umbrella organization will retain its name, Boy Scouts of America or BSA. “The term Cub Scouts, for kids 7-10 years old, is gender neutral and also will go unchanged,” USA Today reports. “Boy Scouts, which includes kids from 10 to 17, will become Scouts BSA in February.”
The organization announced in October that it would begin offering programs for girls.
“Several months before that, the group announced it would accept and register transgender youths into its organization,” the report notes. “In 2015, it ended its ban on gay leaders.”
The report adds: “Cub Scouts will formally accept girls starting this summer. But Saurbaugh said more than 3,000 girls nationwide already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch.”