The mythical Boy Scouts will bet for equality. They will remove the word ‘boy’ from their name to strengthen equality and integrate both girls and boys into the group.
“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth be seen in the Scouts in every way possible”, Boy Scouts of America chief Michael Surbaugh said in a statement.
In this way, the youth program will be renamed Scouts BSA as of February 2019, which is a historic change for the iconic association, which will maintain the term “boy” in the name of the organization.
“Since February 2019, the name of the programs will be Scouts BSA”, Surbaugh said.
In addition, the new recruitment campaign will now be aimed at boys and girls for the first time in its most prominent program, Cub Scout. The announcement came months after they decided to start accepting girls for Cub Scout activities.
The decision was then announced by the organization two months after the female version, Girls Scouts of the United States (GSUSA), accused the male of surreptitiously adding girls.
For more than a hundred years both organizations have admitted girls or boys each by their side, so the criticism of GSUSA, an organization created in 1912, broke the good relationship that both groups had been maintaining.
Also in 2017, the Boy Scouts raised the veto for the entry of transsexual children, who had been ruling for more than a century, in another decisive decision in their history.
The organization has 2.3 million children and young people between 7 and 21 years of age, in addition to almost one million volunteers throughout the United States, as they recalled in the letter.