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Boy Scouts to Change Its Name to Scouting America

U.S.Boy Scouts to Change Its Name to Scouting America

The Boy Scouts of America, grappling with a bankruptcy and widespread accusations of sexual abuse, will change its name to Scouting America in an effort to become more inclusive, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The new name will go into effect on Feb. 8, 2025, which will be its 115th anniversary, the organization said.

The renaming is part of a wider rebranding effort by the organization to appeal to girls, as well as a response to longstanding critiques of its lack of inclusivity.

“In the next 100 years we want any youth in America to feel very, very welcome to come into our programs,” Roger Krone, the organization’s president and chief executive, told The Associated Press.

In February, the Supreme Court cleared the way for a $2.4 billion plan to settle sex abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts settlement involves more than 82,000 claims of childhood sexual abuse.

The organization already dropped the word “boy” from its namesake program in 2018, after announcing plans to admit girls. At that time, the Boy Scouts of America said that girls would be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

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