The Boy Scouts of America has introduced the plan for what has been referred to as ‘the older girl program’ of ‘Family Scouting’. The Boy Scouts of America organization name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America. It is not changing.
The Boy Scouts of America offers or has offered multiple programs; Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing, Varsity Scouting, Exploring, Sea Scouts, and STEM Scouts.
Reports started circulating on Wednesday, May 2, concerning the update to the Boy Scout program name. That program currently serves boys ages 11 through 17. Beginning February 2019, the Boy Scout program name will change to “Scouts BSA” and will begin serving girls, as well as boys.
Under the new name of “Scouts BSA,” that program, which is the same iconic program it has always been, will continue to offer Scouting in single-gender troops, through which Scouts – ages 11 through 17 – can work to earn the Eagle Scout rank.
Before, during, and after that program name change, the overall organization name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.
Both male and female participants in the Scouts BSA program will be referred to as “Scouts,” just as boys now in the Boy Scout program are often referred to as “Scouts.”