No more Boy Scouts

Gavin Buchanan, News Reporter

 

Many American men can remember when they were boys and were apart of a boy scout troop. The Boy Scouts of America organization has been around since 1910 and has strictly included people of the male race. However, this will not be the case after the next few months because girls will now be allowed to join. The organization has decided to change its name from The Boy Scouts of America to Scouts BSA. Girls have not been allowed to join the ranks of the scouts since its founding in 1910, and the organization is trying to make tremendous bounds in its gender neutral campaign.

The organization has two major branches, the Cub Scouts (ages 7-10)  and the Boy Scouts (ages 11-17). The name “Cub Scouts” will not be changed because executives felt it was already gender neutral, the “Boy Scouts” name will be changed as stated earlier. This organization has been making changes to respect the views and controversy surrounding the “gender-neutral” ideas in the United States. Back in 2015 the organization lifted its ban on gay troop leaders and a few months ago they began to accept transgender members. Controversy has arisen around this topic and it ties to the bigger controversy surrounding the “gender-neutral’ ideas. Another big question by people who oppose this is what will happen to the Girl Scouts. They feel that if the Boy Scouts are to be letting girls in, then what is the point of having a Girl Scout organization? Girl Scout troops around the nation have seen numbers shrink and relations between the two organizations have withered though.

This is because the new Scouts BSA are taking Girl Scouts away from the organization. However, girls across the country have pounced on this opportunity to join. Over 3,000 girls have already signed up early to become a members of the future Scouts BSA.

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