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Boy Scouts of America to Change Name to "Scouts BSA"

Boy Scouts of America to Change Name to

In a continued appeal to girls, the Boy Scouts of America announced that it will drop the "boy" from its namesake program next February.

The Boy Scouts, which accepts children 11 to 17 years old, will be renamed Scouts BSA, reports The New York Times.

"Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it's available to all kids", Stephen Medlicott, the organization's national marketing group director of Boy Scouts of America.

The Cub Scouts has already opened its gates to girls.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ran a $45 million deficit in FY 2016, a $18 million deficit in $2015, and a almost $34 million deficit in 2013, when the BSA was in the midst of its fight over the exclusion of gay scouts.

Still, Girl Scouts of the US, a separate organization, which has opposed efforts by Boy Scouts of America to recruit girls to its ranks, said the name change was not much more than that - noting that it came without any new girl-focused programming.

The name of the programs' parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America.

Girl Scouts has previously criticized the decision to start accepting girls into the Boy Scouts program.

"Boy Scouts of America claims nearly 2.3 million members, down from 2.6 million five years ago". In October 2017, the Boy Scouts unanimously voted to begin allowing girls to join, starting in 2018.

Written by Eric Levenson and Amanda Watts for CNN.

"They will have the opportunity to earn the same ranks and participate in the same activities as the boys who participate now in that program. In its peak years, BSA had more than 4 million participants", reports John Bacon for USA Today.

While the Boy Scouts organization has been around for a long time, so has the Girl Scouts organization. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action - from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime - where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life. That includes Venturing and Sea Scouting programs, the latter allowing membership up to 21 years of age.

"So, Boy Scouts is admitting girls and won't be called Boy Scouts anymore".

Huckabee also shared a video of an earlier appearance on Fox News in which he derided the name change.

The group accepted its first "transgender" scout in 2017 - a nine-year-old.