This year marks 100 years the Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America has been active and this year they’re getting ready for a major change.
“We’ll continue the name, Boy Scouts of America, but come February, we’ll be serving 11-18 year old boys and girls,” said the Miami Valley Council Executive of Boy Scouts of America, Jeff Schiavone.
This is part of a nationwide effort of renaming the program they follow “Scouts BSA.”
“We’ve seen a lot of girls show excitement,” said Schiavone. “Their siblings are involved and they’ve been participating for years as guests with their brothers, now they’ll just be able to get that recognition of going through the program.”
Which raises the question, what about girl scouts? But Lissa Brown of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio said they’re not worried about membership.
“If they want to make a difference in their community through service learning, they’re going to do that in a safe, all-girl environment where they feel like they have a voice and have the opportunity to do something that they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do in any other place,” said Brown.
Adding that in the future, they will continue to measure their impact in quality rather than quantity.
“We will not invite boys into our organization, but every year we step back and say what can we do better, what can we offer to our girls that we didn’t offer last year?” said Brown.
The Scouts BSA program is set to being February 2019.