Boy Scouts of America drop 'boy' from its name

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Starting in February 2019, the scouting program will be called "Scouts BSA" to coincide with the official addition of girls to the organization for the first time.

It's also unclear what effect the changes will have on the Girl Scouts of the U.S., an all-girls youth scouting program.

The organization already has started admitting girls into the Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA will begin accepting girls next year.

"Girl Scouts has been the premier girl leadership development organization and girl expert for over 100 years", said Karen Hill, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of OR and Southwest Washington. And the Cub Scouts, its program serving younger children, will keep its name, as well.

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"We'll continue the name, Boy Scouts of America, but come February, we'll be serving 11-18 year old boys and girls", said the Miami Valley Council Executive of Boy Scouts of America, Jeff Schiavone.

The name change will hit as girls are formally permitted to join that BSA program.

"Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls", Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo told the AP. "I remember his Eagle Scout project being such a huge deal for our family, for him and for our church", said Doss.

Scouts BSA "reflects all are welcome", said Vlachos, who has a son and two daughters who participate in scouting.

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"We definitely hope bringing girls will raise it as well, but every year we do strive to bring in more kids to introduce them to scouting and what it offers young boys, and now girls".

The Girl Scouts say they have 1.8 million youth members, down from 2 million members in 2014.

In response to its changing membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that it has a new name: Scouts BSA. As his organization prepares to welcome girls into its ranks, Gillick said he looks forward to the changes.

"Girls love our programs and they also love to be with other girls as they develop these great leadership skills", Holland said. Don't they have to change, too? National girl scout leaders have said they were blind-sided by the Boy Scouts incursion, but Wright won't go that far.

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Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.