The decision to drop "boy" from its name comes as it prepares to start accepting girls into its program next year.
The Boy Scouts announced a new name Wednesday.
We'll leave the last word to Eugene Gu, M.D., an outspoken critic of the President who tweets: "All these conservative snowflakes getting outraged about the Boy Scouts accepting girls and changing its name to Scouts BSA don't realize that it's simply a business decision". The flagship Boy Scouts of America organization and Cub Scouts program will keep their current names.
The name of the programs' parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America. These trailblazing girls have had a phenomenal experience, and have proven that the Cub Scout program works for both boys and girls, and their families. That will take effect next year, and all members will be referred to as "scouts", regardless of gender.
While some decry the loss of the masculine moniker, the Boy Scouts of America was looking at fast-dwindling coffers and declining membership-2.3 million, down from 2.6 million five years ago and 4 million at its peak.More news: Windy and warm Tuesday
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The Boy Scouts have been slowly dying for years because people insist girls should be able to join - much to the Girl Scouts' chagrin. In October, it announced it would provide programs for girls. Earlier in my life, as my kids were going through high school and playing sports, I along with other fathers thought it would be a great idea to have a "Dad's Club" to promote both the boys and girls in the sports programs at the high school. Girls are already allowed to be in the Cub Scouts.
For more details, feel free to reach out to the Blue Mountain Council, including opportunities to interview some of their families participating in the new Family Scouting program.
The Guardian's Ben Jacobs noted on Twitter that Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, said that if the Boy Scouts of today - and the supporters of its new changes - parented the soldiers who fought in WWII, the war would have been won by the Axis Powers. "Since our inception, Girl Scouts of the U.S. have been about putting girls front and center, ensuring that everything we do is not only with their best interests in mind but equips them to be the fearless leaders and change makers who our 50 million alumnae prove to be".