After recently opening the door to girl members — of which they’ve already gotten some 3,000 — the Boy Scouts have now officially rebranded themselves as a fully “inclusive” organization ready to welcome in the new generation with a brand new, gender nonspecific name: “Scouts BSA.”
“We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward,” said Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. “We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”
Not willing to fully bury the 108-year name, the parent organization will retain the name Boy Scouts of America, which the “BSA” in the new name acknowledges. Meanwhile, Surbaugh predicts that members will simply refer to themselves as the genderless “scouts.”
Unsurprisingly, one group that’s not particularly thrilled about the development is the Girl Scouts, which has already seen a decline in numbers since their formerly male counterparts got all inclusive.
In response to reports of the new name, the internet responded. A few reactions — good, bad, hilarious and otherwise — to the official end of the Boy Scouts as we’ve known it: