The organization, which has been around for a century, said it would also start welcoming older girls, allowing them an opportunity to earn the organization's highest rank, Eagle Scout. Conversely, she is not aware of any boys who want to join Girl Scout troops.
"The name is part of a rebranding effort to reflect the group's historic decision a year ago to accept girls". These busybody do-gooders, who seem to know what is good for everybody else, should mind their own business and let boys be boys and girls be girls.
In a letter to Boy Scouts of America last year, the Girl Scouts accused the organization of seeking to "upend a paradigm that has served both boys and girls so well through the years by moving forward with a plan that would result in fundamentally undercutting Girl Scouts of the US". That's a direct threat to the girl scouts - therefore a direct threat to your supply of thin mints.
Both groups, which have been at odds since the Boy Scouts made a decision to open its doors to girls, have been struggling with declining membership. The change will take effect in February.
Surbaugh predicted that both boys and girls in Scouts BSA would refer to themselves simply as scouts, rather than adding "boy" or "girl".
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"There's not just a general scouting, there's a boy scouting program and a girl scouting program", said Heather Thornton, Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. Surbaugh said more than 3,000 girls nationwide already enrolled in the BSA's Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts before the full launch. "It comes as scouting has seen a decline in participation, something officials hope the modernization effort will reverse", they continue.
Change has been coming quickly to the iconic if shrinking organization.
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Some were not impressed with the new name.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts are getting a name change.
The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, feels this creates confusion. "We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA's programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike".