Austin-area Boy Scouts leader reacts to name change

Boy Scouts Remove 'Boy' from Name before Girls Enter their Ranks

The program for 11-17-year-old boys will become "Scouts BSA" starting next year.

Since the announcement was just made Wednesday, Page said they haven't yet had time to work out the details of when and where these new Scouts BSA troops for girls will be. He joined Capital Tonight to discuss what it means for the organization and responds to the Girl Scouts less than enthusiastic reply.

Thursday we also spoke to parents like John Thomas who's been a part of the Boy Scouts of America family for decades.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ran a $45 million deficit in FY 2016, a $18 million deficit in $2015, and a almost $34 million deficit in 2013, when the BSA was in the midst of its fight over the exclusion of gay scouts. "That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts", said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America.

"Anything you can do in Boy Scouts, you can do in Girl Scouts", said Kenya Yarbrough, director of marketing and advocacy for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

The Boy Scouts of America has lost about a third of its members since 2000, which now stands at about 2.3 million.

Surbaugh told the AP that having separate units for boys and girls would address concerns that girls joining the program for the first time might start off behind in the long climb to leadership opportunities.

Written by Eric Levenson and Amanda Watts for CNN. In many packs, sisters of Blue Mountain Council's Cub Scouts have been present and participating in Pack meetings and other family events for years. Earlier in my life, as my kids were going through high school and playing sports, I along with other fathers thought it would be a great idea to have a "Dad's Club" to promote both the boys and girls in the sports programs at the high school.

It'll be interesting to see if girls actually join the organization of if they remain loyal to the Girls Scouts, which is now a fierce competitor, especially regarding recruitment of new members, rather than a complimentary organization.

The Girl Scouts list a series of efforts created to "stay ahead of the pack of youth organizations". "With declining membership, they need the girls or it would be called Bankrupt Scouts".

However what is changing is the name of one of their core programs, the boy scouts.

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