Boy Scouts of America Change Name After 114 Years to Be More Inclusive, Will Be Known As ‘Scouting America’

Boy Scouts of America Change Name After 114 Years to Be More Inclusive, Will Be Known As ‘Scouting America’

After more than a century of tradition, the Boy Scouts of America is rebranding to “Scouting America,” a name change that signals a renewed commitment to inclusivity. This change, set to take effect on February 8, 2025, to coincide with its 115th anniversary, reflects the organization’s ongoing efforts to embrace a more diverse membership, including the historical inclusion of girls and gay youths.

The decision, announced during the organization’s annual meeting in Florida, comes amidst a period of significant challenges, including financial struggles and declining membership, compounded by a troubling history of sexual abuse allegations. These factors have driven the organization under the leadership of President and CEO Roger Krone, to undertake a strategic overhaul aimed at revitalizing its image and appeal to a broader demographic.

Krone emphasizes that the goal for the next century is clear: to make every youth in America feel welcomed into their programs. This vision is part of an extensive effort to transform the organization while maintaining its core values of leadership and community service. The inclusion of girls in recent years has already made a significant impact, with over 6,000 earning the title of Eagle Scout, showcasing the positive outcomes of these inclusive policies.

Criticism has followed the announcement, with some detractors, like Senator Ted Cruz, voicing concerns on social media that the rebrand might alienate traditional segments of their membership. However, many support the change, viewing it as a necessary evolution to stay relevant in a rapidly changing society.

As “Scouting America” looks to the future, the hope is that more children across the United States will continue to partake in the adventures and learning opportunities it offers, now with an added emphasis on making everyone feel like they belong. This rebranding could be a pivotal moment in defining how heritage organizations can adapt to contemporary values without losing sight of their foundational missions.