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Austin-area Boy Scouts leader reacts to name change

04 May 2018

"Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be 'Scouts BSA, ' and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America".

Girls will soon be joining the boy scouts of America program but that's not the only change for the century-old group. The organization will also be adopting the slogan "Scout Me In" which features girls, as well as boys, for the first time, enjoying the cub scout program together. In 2015, it lifted its ban on transgender members, but it left leadership decisions up to local chapters' discretion.

So the Girl Scouts is shaking things up by creating 23 new badges that focus on STEM achievements and outdoor activities, and introducing a Girl Scout Ranger Program with the National Park Service.

For Taylor Gerlach, from Jackson Center, going gold means earning the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

So far, more than 3,000 girls have joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs participating in the first phase of the new policy, and the pace will intensify this summer under a nationwide multimedia recruitment campaign titled "Scout Me In".

"This is a curriculum for boys, and boys are different than girls", he said.

"Girl scouts really empowers girls and helps them achieve what they didn't think they could achieve, but then boy scouts gives you a lot of new experiences and adventures", said Neely.

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Futrell is working on a Girl Scout-sanctioned research project exploring the impact of certain sunscreens on living coral. Boys and girls will have the same requirements for all Scout ranks, merit badges, and awards, just as boys and girls now have the same requirements in Cub Scouting, Venturing, Exploring, and Sea 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".

The new name will be Scouts: BSA.

Alexandra wanted to join the Boy Scouts because, "it's fun, and you can do more stuff", she told Moneyish.

Alexandra isn't the only Girl Scout hungry for more.

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

Neely is now a Senior Girl Scout with ten years of experience underneath her belt.

This June, all Packs will have the option, at the discretion of their respective Chartered Organizations, to remain all-boy Packs, charter new all-girl Packs, or like Pack 117, become a Family Scouting Pack, to serve both boy dens and girl dens. Waning numbers have sent both groups scrambling to entice people to join and remain active. "You'd be reading this in German".

Austin-area Boy Scouts leader reacts to name change