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BSA unveils name of program for older boys and girls, launches ‘Scout Me In’ campaign

The wait is over, and we now know what we’ll call the program for 11- to 17-year-old youth when girls can begin joining during the scheduled launch on Feb. 1, 2019.

Let’s hear it for Scouts BSA!

Boys and The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.

Scouts BSA builds on the legacy of the Scout name. There’s a Scout salute, a Scout rank, a Scout Oath and a Scout Law. The word “Scout” carries with it more than 108 years of character-building tradition, and the young men and young women of Scouts BSA will carry that tradition forward.

Beginning during the scheduled launch of Feb. 1, 2019, girls can join all-girl troops. Boys can continue to join all-boy troops. Scouts BSA will not have any mixed-gender, or coed, troops.

his is an exciting time for the BSA, and the Scouts BSA name is the perfect representation of this new, welcoming program for older youth.

Questions and Answers about Scouts BSA


Will the name of the organization change?

  • No, the organization’s name will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.

When will the change from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA be effective?

  • The scheduled launch date for Scouts BSA is Feb. 1, 2019.

What will the members of the program be called?

  • Scouts — same as today. A boy or girl might say, “I’m in Scouts BSA. I’m a Scout.”

Will the Boy Scout Handbook be updated to reflect the new name?

  • Yes.

What does the change to Scouts BSA mean for Venturing?

  • Nothing about Venturing will change. The BSA’s program for boys and girls ages 14 to 20 (or 13 and done with the 8th grade) will continue as normal.


The full article can be read on Bryan On Scouting