"Did the Boy Scouts of America change its name to Scouts BSA?"

 

On February 1st, you probably saw a lot of news hit your social media feeds talking about "Scouts BSA". Headlines like "Boy Scouts Are Now 'Scouts BSA'" or "Boy Scouts welcomes girls, program is now Scouts BSA". 

Some headlines went as far as saying that the Boy Scouts of America had completely changed its name to Scouts BSA! (Which is not true, by the way.)

In the end, we know that you just want to understand what this means for you and your family. We've got you covered.

So did the Boy Scouts of America change its name to Scouts BSA?

In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America went from having 1 program to 2, but decided to keep the name of Boy Scouts of America for the organization as a whole.

In 1930, the Boy Scouts of America went from having 1 program to 2, but decided to keep the name of Boy Scouts of America for the organization as a whole.

No.

When the Boy Scouts of America first began in 1910, there was one program: Boy Scouts. And anyone who was a member of the Boy Scouts of America was a Boy Scout. Plain and simple, right?

Then in 1930, a new program was created: Cub Scouts. But rather than rename the entire organization of the Boy Scouts of America, volunteers chose to stick with the name that families already new. This was the first step in a new direction of how this organization would manage its programs.

We will skip over some of the history to 1998 when Venturing was introduced. This added yet another Scouting program for Scouts & Scouters to participate in. Once again, the Boy Scouts of America chose to keep its name and simply placed Venturing under the same umbrella as Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

And then in 2017, it was decided to allow girls to begin joining all programs of the Boy Scouts of America. Since Venturing was already including girls, Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting were the only two impacted by this decision. There was one issue though: Cub Scout and Venturer are non-gender specific names. They both work great for boys and girls. But Boy Scouts was going to need a little fix.

It was decided to change the program name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA. That simple!

The name of the organization remains the Boy Scouts of America, and the name of the program, Boy Scouts, has changed its name to Scouts BSA.

This is an exciting time to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Especially now that sisters, who for years were attending pack meetings, campouts, and courts of honor with their brothers, will be able to earn the same awards that their brothers have been working hard on for so many years. A whole family can choose to participate in programs in the Boy Scouts of America together. What an awesome time it is to be a part of the BSA!

Bonus!

Just as a reminder, here’s who each Scouting program is for.

Cub Scouts Banner.jpg
Cub Scout Grades.jpg
Scouts BSA Ages.jpg
Venturing Ages.jpg

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