Gender-Neutral Boy Scouts Will Rebrand to BSA in 2019

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The Boy Scouts are getting rid of the word "boy" in their name. "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". Now, they are being welcomed into Cub Scouts, and will soon walk the same "Trail to Eagle" as so many of their brothers and fathers have done.

I hate to break it to the politically correct among us but there is a difference between boys and girls.

The local chapters of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts say early registration numbers have been strong and encourage more youth to join their respective organizations.

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

Both groups, which have been at odds since the Boy Scouts made a decision to open its doors to girls, have been struggling with declining membership. 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.

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. Another thing I can't wrap my head around is why the Boy Scouts need to change their name.

But the Boy Scouts - the program for 11- to 17-year-olds - will now be Scouts BSA. Single-sex troops will have the chance to work toward the Eagle Scout rank.

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Surbaugh explained that single-sex units will ensure that girls will not have to compete with boys for leadership positions.

The Boy Scouts of America, in its effort to interest young ladies, reported on Wednesday that it would drop the "Boy" from its namesake program next February. One Twitter user wrote that "political correctness ruins everything in life".

Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding "boy" or "girl" as a modifier. "Girls have always come to their brothers' [Boy Scout] meetings with their families, so why not bring them on board into the organization officially, and continue that message of family scouting?"

The Girl Scouts say they have about 1.76 million girls and more than 780,000 adult members, down from just over 2 million youth members and about 800,000 adult members in 2014. Pictured, Sergio Ruelas from Denver, Colorado shows off his badges while his younger brother Carlos looks on.EuropaNewswire/Gado/Getty ImagesChanging TideIn 2013, the Boy Scouts ended a longtime ban on openly gay members.

A girls den leader Catelyn Albizo said she hopes people can get on board with this and is happy her daughter Chloe is learning a lot.

In January 2017, the Boy Scouts said it would allow transgender children to join its programs.

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