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Boy Scouts of America change name as girls enter the ranks

The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT
The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT
The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Boy Scouts of America are dropping the word Boy from their name.

The organization announced the change, saying they wanted to be more inclusive to young girls who will now be joining the scouting world.

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The organization, which will begin accepting girls next year, will now just be known just as Scouts BSA. 

The name change won't go into effect till next February.

Leaders say the members will refer to themselves as simply scouts, and will drop the boy or girl labels.

They plan to divide the members along gender lines for activities.

The different gender groups will still pursue the same goals and pathway to the coveted Eagle Scout award.

Locals we talked to say they support the change.

"I think it will be just fine when there are girls who enjoy the same activities as boy scouts," said Cindy Lyons. "We wouldn't want to limit the girls at all of course. It's the boy scouts in their troops who saw fit to accept the girls joining in. I think that will be wonderful."

According to the Boy Scouts of America, more than 3,000 girls have already joined roughly 170 Cub Scout packs nationwide.

As for the Girl Scouts, who are also seeing dwindling participation numbers, they are launching an aggressive campaign to recruit and retain girls as members.

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