• June 15, 2024

Boy Scouts Change Their Name After 114 Years

For well over a century, America has been home to The Boy Scouts of America. There were corresponding groups like The Girl Scouts and The Cub Scouts as well, and they were considered solid foundations for our youth.

In recent years, however, such groups have come under fire for a variety of reasons.

For example, there have been unfortunate reports of inappropriate behavior among adults tied to these groups. And even more recently, left-wing activists have gone after The Boy Scouts for being “exclusionary.”

This has finally resulted in a seismic shift for the iconic organization: the group will no longer be known as The Boy Scouts.

The group announced this week that in order to become more “inclusive,” they will be changing their traditional title. The goal is to make the organization more accepting, and appeal to basically all young individuals.

From The Blaze:

The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday that it would no longer be known under that name in order to become more inclusive.

The organization will be known as Scouting America.

‘In the next 100 years we want any youth in America to feel very, very welcome to come into our programs,’ said Boy Scouts of America president and CEO Roger Krone to the Associated Press.

Krone added that “part of my job is to reduce all the barriers I possibly can for people to accept us as an organization and to join.”

The Boy Scouts attempted to avoid criticism from the left by allowing girls into the group back in 2017. But that clearly wasn’t enough to appease liberals, despite the fact that 176,000 girls joined up since that time.

Instead, it’s clear that the “woke mob” has had at least some impact, because this name change likely wouldn’t have happened without that outcry.

Now, The Boy Scouts of America will officially become Scouting America on the group’s 115th anniversary on Feb. 8, 2025. Bob Brown, vice president of communications for the Connecticut Yankee Council, gave the following statement to WFSB-TV:

Our mission really remains the same, the scout oath and scout laws still guide what we do.

We’re on a journey to evolve the scouting program, we’ve been on that journey for a number of years. This will certainly lead to more evolutions of scouting, but it’s all for the betterment of the young people in our program.

Following the well-publicized bankruptcy, The Boy Scouts started to pay off a gigantic settlement to 82,000 victims who claimed they’d been sexually abused as children while in the organization.

As expected, not everyone is a fan of the name change. This goes double for Republican leader Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who said:

With membership at historic lows, Boy Scouts of America decides to rebrand to make clear that ‘boys’ are no longer welcome. I’m sure that will help with recruiting.

There was a time in America when one could argue that most young boys had participated in The Boy Scouts at one time or another. It was about as common as simply going to school or playing tag at recess.

But sadly, Boy Scouts membership has plummeted over the decades, and now there just over a million youths involved. That’s barely 1/5th the size of The Boy Scouts in 1972, when they had 5 million participants.

It’s hard to say if this new title will help or hinder future membership drives, and whether or not the traditional values embodied by the group will be able to survive.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Boy Scouts are officially changing their name to Scouting America. This is to make the group more “inclusive.”
  • Organization President and CEO Roger Krone said his job is to “reduce all barriers.”
  • GOP Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the decision, saying they’ve made it clear that ‘boys’ aren’t welcome anymore.

Source: The Blaze

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Ben Dutka

Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.

Ben S. Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, and he has also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms. He has a penchant for writing, rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.

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