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Boy Scouts changes name to accommodate girls

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The Boy Scouts of America are entering a new era when it comes to promoting inclusiveness. Starting in February 2019 girls will be allowed to join the ranks. So far, more than 3,000 girls have joined close to 170 Cub Scout packs across the country participating in the first phase of the new policy.

Inland Northwest Council Scout Executive Karen Meier says they're welcoming the change with open arms  “No one really knew what the naming was going to be because obviously, it couldn't be Boy Scouts. So Scouts really encompasses a non-gender name, and it's who we all are it's exciting. I am glad that they went to that direction."

Meier thinks that this move will help increase scout numbers after years of decline “We're finding in some of our communities when we go out for a Scout talk instead of a boy talk at a school, more girls are joining. But also new boys are joining because they are not just looking at it as boys scouts but scouts were in this together,” said Meier.

This announcement comes months after the national organization said the change was coming. In October they said the organization would include programs for girls. Several months before that the organization said it would accept and register transgender youths.

The national organization will retain its name Boy Scouts of America or BSA for short. The term cub scouts for kids 7-10 will not be changed because its "gender neutral" but boy scouts which have kids from 11-17 will drop the word boy from the title and will just become Scouts.

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