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Boy Scouts of America to become Scouting America


Wed, May 8th 2024 03:40 pm

Rebranding reflects ‘continuing efforts to welcome everyone to experience the benefits of Scouting’

Submitted by the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced it will rebrand to Scouting America, “reflecting the organization’s ongoing commitment to welcome every youth and family in America to experience the benefits of Scouting.” The change will go into effect Feb. 8, 2025, the organization’s 115th anniversary.

This announcement also comes as the organization celebrates the fifth anniversary of welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs. Scouting America currently serves more than 176,000 girls and young women across all programs, including over 6,000 who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Though our name will be new, our mission remains unchanged: We are committed to teaching young people the skills and values to be successful in life,” said Gary A. Decker, Scout executive and CEO of the Western New York Scout Council. “This change is an important evolution as we seek to ensure that all youth and families feel welcome in Scouting.”

Scouting America builds on the organization’s 114 years of helping America’s youth. Its ongoing goal is to provide young people with a safe environment where they can learn meaningful life skills and have fun, educational experiences, fostering their growth and future outcomes as leaders, and be prepared for life. At the same time, values instilled by the Scout oath and law help prepare young people for lives of purpose and impact.

More than 130 million Americans have been through Scouting programs since its founding in 1910, and currently, more than 1 million youth, including both men and women, are served by 477,000 dedicated adult volunteers in local councils throughout the country. To date, more than 2.75 million youth have earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.

In addition to supporting the nation’s youth, Scouting America will continue to be an important asset to strengthen our communities, having provided more than 7 million hours of volunteer services for community improvement and other projects across the country annually.

Scouting America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.”

Scouting America welcomes all of America’s youth into its programs. Our goal is to give them fantastic experiences in the outdoors, and elsewhere, where they can grow with us in a safe environment. More than 130 million Americans have been through our programs since our founding, and currently more than 1 million youth are served by 477,000 dedicated adult volunteers in local councils throughout the country.

To learn more about Scouting America’s mission, visit Scouting.org.

The Western New York Scout Council provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. It serves more than 7,000 youth and adult members in Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. For more information, call 716-891-4073 or visit www.wnyscouting.org.

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