Local Scouts react to Scouting America name change – Washington Daily News

Local Scouts react to Scouting America name change

Published 14:47 Tuesday May 21, 2024

On May 7, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they will be changing their name to Scouting America. The announcement comes on the fifth anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America welcoming girls into Cub and Boys Scouting. “Although our name will be new, our mission remains unchanged: we are committed to teaching young people to be “ready.” For Life,” said Roger A. Krone, president and CEO of Scouting America. “This will be a simple but very important evolution as we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome in Scouting.”

Local Troop 21 Scoutmaster Robbie King, whose troop has opened its doors to girls since 2019, welcomes the name change. “I believe the move to Scouting America will help make Scouting even more welcoming and inclusive,” King said. “And regardless of the name, we remain committed to helping all young people become better citizens and helping them make better decisions in life. More than 60 percent of those who have earned merit badges continue their work either as a hobby or a vocation. “That is the reason why I have been involved in Scouting for the last 48 years.”

Kyleigh Bishop is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1847, an all-girls troop that meets and works with Troop 21. She said she is very excited about the name change and what it represents. “I really hope the name change encourages more girls to join,” Bishop said. “For me, the experience of being a Boy Scout has been wonderful. It’s a great way to bring boys and girls together and make new friends. I sure would like to see more girls since there are so many boys. “It’s not fair!” She said with a big laugh.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Sage Scout Eddie King. “The title Scouting America reflects the fact that Scouting is for all Americans. It makes the organization seem more inclusive and for everyone. I just want more people, boys and girls, to join Scouting because it is a great experience. I’ve been doing this for ten years. It has helped me grow and I have met many wonderful people along the way.”

Kelly Selby, scoutmaster for Troop 1847, loves the idea of ​​the name change. “I think it’s wonderful for these boys and girls to be able to work and grow together and be more of a community,” Selby said. “We will still have troops of boys and girls, but now they will do more things together than ever. I believe that the process is not only beneficial for children but also for adults. “The new name reflects inclusivity and I really hope this encourages more girls to join.”

Currently, there are nearly 180,000 girls registered with Scouting America nationwide. The name change becomes official on February 8, 2025, the organization’s 115th anniversary.