The Boy Scouts of America announced it intends to change its name for the first time in the organization’s 114-year history.

In an effort to be more ‘inclusive,’ the organization will refer to itself as Scouting America.

Boys Scouts of America CEO Roger Krone said he hopes this sends a ‘strong message to everyone in America that they can come to this program and bring their authentic self.’

“They can be who they are and they will be welcomed here,” he added.

“Membership is at historic lows,” he noted.


“It’s a significant shift as the organization emerges from bankruptcy following a flood of sexual abuse claims and seeks to focus on inclusion,” the Associated Press stated.

From the Associated Press:

The organization steeped in tradition has made seismic changes after decades of turmoil, from finally allowing gay youth to welcoming girls throughout its ranks. With an eye on increasing flagging membership numbers, the Irving, Texas-based organization announced the name change Tuesday at its annual meeting in Florida.

“In the next 100 years we want any youth in America to feel very, very welcome to come into our programs,” Roger Krone, who took over last fall as president and chief executive officer, said in an interview before the announcement.

The organization began allowing gay youth in 2013 and ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders in 2015. In 2017, it made the historic announcement that girls would be accepted as Cub Scouts as of 2018 and into the flagship Boy Scout program — renamed Scouts BSA — in 2019.

There were nearly 1,000 young women in the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in 2021, including Selby Chipman. The all-girls troop she was a founding member of in her hometown of Oak Ridge, North Carolina, has grown from five girls to nearly 50, and she thinks the name change will encourage even more girls to realize they can join.


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In a recent story that highlights the turmoil engulfing the organization, a former Boy Scout volunteer was sentenced to 22 years in prison for hiding cameras in bathrooms at a Missouri camp.


David Lee Nelson, 41, was also ordered to pay $61,810 in penalties, a portion of which will go to a fund for victims and prevention programs. More than $6,000 of that money will also pay for his victims to receive counseling, a federal judge ordered on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Once Nelson is released from prison, the Redmond, Washington man will be on supervised release for the rest of his life and will be prohibited from having contact with juveniles without permission.

The cameras were discovered in July 2021 discreetly hidden within paper towel dispensers in bathrooms at a Boy Scout ranch in St. Francois County, located about 80 miles south of St. Louis.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nelson had positioned the cameras so that they would capture a shower stall and other portions of the bathroom.

A scout leader and scouts discovered one camera while cleaning out one of the restroom stalls. After searching for more, they uncovered the second camera and called the St. Francois County Sheriff’s Department.

Nelson, who was spotted near the bathrooms, initially told investigators that he was looking for a cell phone charger that he’d left in the stall, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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