The Boy Scouts are changing their name to become more gender-inclusive.
The “Boy Scouts of America” will soon become “Scouts BSA” as the organization will allow girls to join beginning in February 2019.
Teens, aged 11 to 17, will simply be called “scouts,” and can earn the same merit badges and attain the highest Eagle Scout honor.
Local scout leaders tell Local 4 News, the boys and girls will function as two separate units with the same sponsoring organization but different scout masters.
Young girls, aged 7 to 10, can join Cub Scouts in August.
The Girl Scouts says it will stick to its vision of “growing girls with courage, confidence, and character.”
Local 4’s James Sears has reaction from a Quad Cities Scout Master in video clip above.