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Boy Scouts of America announces name change

PEORIA, Il. - For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. Starting next February the program will drop the gender from its name and be known as scouts BSA.

Representatives from the scouts said they wanted a name that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward. Local leaders believe the change is a step in the right direction to show the organization is here for both young men and young women.

“Scouts are looking to fill that niche of getting families out of being indoors and get them to outside,” said George Clay II, Scout Executive.

The organization also announced a new initiative called "Scout me in," a campaign that will include both boys and girls in its Cub Scout program for the first time.



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