The Boy Scouts of America announced in Evansville Thursday evening they will accept girls into the program. "Our girls are so strong and so committed to this organization, and we have a bright future ahead", said Patricia Pyke, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage. The group as a whole will remain Boy Scouts of America, but when it comes to their program, they will be dropping boy and changing it to Scouts BSA.
Notably, the recruitment of girls into the Scouts program allows them to reach the rank of Eagle Scout - which is the organization's highest designation, and which Williams' son just reached - for the first time.
Cub Scouts will formally accept girls starting this summer.
On Wednesday, the organization revealed its new gender inclusive campaign, "Scout Me In", which aims to welcome both boys and girls to the organization.
Surbaugh said that having separate units for boys and girls should alleviate concerns that girls joining the BSA for the first time might be at a disadvantage in seeking leadership opportunities. The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is developing the program with the Women in Engineering Program of Texas A&M University.
The name change was not met by everyone with enthusiasm as people noted that the political correctness would undercut the organization's 108-year-old legacy.
Taylor's goal is to help reduce the fear and anxiety many students experience from the lack of a peer support person in the school. The Future Farmers of America is co-ed.
Accompanying the campaign is a name change.
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In February 2019, Boy Scouts of America will change to Scouts BSA. The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program launch, led by Golin, will encompass a fully integrated strategy that spans paid, owned and earned channels.
About Girl Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the U.S. is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the lading authority on girls' healthy development. Reasons include competition from sports leagues, a perception by some families that they are old-fashioned and busy family schedules.
The Boy Scouts of America has lost about a third of its members since 2000, which now stands at about 2.3 million.
Overall, the Boy Scouts of America have significantly loosened its membership requirements. One regional leader, Fiona Cummings of Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, told the Associated Press the BSA's decision to admit girls is among the factors that have shrunk her council's youth membership by more than 500 girls so far this year.
Futrell said she attended a STEM event at Camp Whispering Cedars a few years ago, where she took part in hands-on experiments. "You can't ask little boys to be masculine". Waning numbers have sent both groups scrambling to entice people to join and remain active.
The Boy Scouts are getting rid of the word "boy" in their name. "They had no idea that Girl Scouts does something like this".
"Ten million dollars were raised before we had anything to show for it, and they trusted us", Bartkowski said.