Boy Scouts Say Bye Bye to Boys, Hello Girls
Bye bye boys, hello girls. The Boy Scouts of America made history, dropping 'boy' from their name, to attract more girls. Cub Scouts will now be known as 'Scout Me In' to allow both boys and girls for the first time. The older Boy Scouts group will simple be 'Scouts BSA.'
Scout Me In gives all kids the opportunity to enjoy fishing, biking, canoeing, and even launching rockets and making slime.
“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”
And girls want to join. Over 3,000 have already signed up and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full 'Scout Me In' launch later this year.
Scouts BSA won't officially go into affect until early next year. "It is important the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA.’"
The Girl Scouts of America say there's no contest. "Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls,” says Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “We are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls with opportunities to build new skills; explore STEM and the outdoors; participate in community projects; and grow into happy, successful, and civically engaged adults.”
What do you think? Should girls be allowed in Boy Scouts and boys allowed in Girl Scouts?