The Boy Scouts of America is dropping the word "boy" from its signature program. The name change is part of a marketing campaign to promote inclusiveness.
The umbrella organization will still be known as Boy Scouts of America, but the older youth program will become Scouts BSA. The term Cub Scouts will not be changed because it is considered gender neutral.
The Scouts recently announced plans to invite girls and transgender kids to join their ranks—hence the necessity for a name change to the once exclusively all-boys organization.
"As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in scouting in every way possible," BSA chief scout executive Michael Surbaugh said in a prepared statement.
The social re-engineering of the once-beloved institution started in 2013 when a ban on gay scouts was lifted. Gay leaders were welcomed in 2015. And in 2017 they opened the door for transgender children to participate.
In response, thousands left the Scouts, and a number of churches ended their relationship with the BSA.
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The Boy Scouts used to be in the business of teaching boys how to become young men—to keep themselves physically strong and morally straight.
But somewhere along the way, Boy Scout leaders lost their moral compass and tumbled into the deep abyss of political correctness.
I don't think there's a merit badge for that.
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