New name for Boys Scouts of America to be official in February 2019

Massachusetts

The 108-year-old organization announced Wednesday that the Boy Scout program for 11 to 17-year-olds will be called “Scouts BSA,” starting next February.

The change comes after the organization began allowing girls to join in their own separate, all-girl dens as part of the cub scouts, expanding the program to girls of all ages.

“They started looking at this back in February, doing some study groups, surveying people, figuring out what seemed to fit,” said David Kruse, Scout Executive at the Western Massachusetts Council. “The logical conclusion was scouts, we’ve been scouting forever so scouts BSA made sense.”

The official overall organization will still be called “The Boy Scouts of America,” and the program for 7 to 10-year-olds will remain the “Cub Scouts.”

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