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Boy Scouts of America announces new gender-neutral name

The Boy Scouts of America announced they are rebranding as “Scouting America” to underscore its commitment to inclusivity. Effective February 8, 2025, coinciding with its 115th anniversary, the organization aims to welcome every American youth and family into its fold.

This move aligns with the fifth anniversary of integrating girls into Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs, with over 176,000 girls and young women currently participating, including 6,000 Eagle Scouts.

“Though our name will be new, our mission remains unchanged. We are committed to teaching young people to be prepared. For life,” said Roger A. Krone, president and CEO. “This will be a simple but very important evolution as we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome in Scouting.”

Since at least 2018, girls aged seven to 10 have been eligible to participate in the scouting organization’s program, followed by the inclusion of girls aged 11 to 17 a year later.

At the time, the Boy Scouts of America stated that families had been requesting the decision for years to consolidate programs for their children.

The right-wing social media account, Libs of TikTok, criticized the decision, describing it as “unreal” in a post expressing dissatisfaction with the Boy Scouts of America’s efforts to become more inclusive.

“Why do they have to ruin everything,” the account’s owner, Chaya Raichik, wrote.

Scouting America, the organization says, builds on 114 years of youth development, providing a safe space for learning life skills and fostering leadership qualities. They say the organization’s values, rooted in the Scout Oath and Law, prepare young people for purposeful lives.

Having impacted over 130 million Americans since 1910, Scouting America now serves over 1 million youth, guided by 477,000 adult volunteers nationwide. More than 2.75 million youth have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Beyond youth development, Scouting America contributes over 7 million hours annually to community service, reinforcing its commitment to societal betterment.

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