The Boy Scouts of America are dropping the聽word 鈥渂oy鈥 from their programming for kids ages 10 to 17, the group announced Tuesday. The decision is meant to reflect the organization鈥檚 mandate to聽welcome kids of all genders to participate in the training that scouting traditionally only provided for young men and boys in the US.聽The name change comes just six months after the Boy Scouts鈥 announcement that they would allow girls to join all levels of scouting, and one year after聽accepting聽transgender kids.

鈥淪tarting this summer, all kids are invited to say, 鈥淪cout Me In,鈥 as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts,鈥 the organization said in a statement. 鈥淭he campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.鈥

Although the official name change won鈥檛 happen until February 2019, girls are already welcome to participate in what will be known as Scouts BSA.

鈥淎s we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,鈥 said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America about the change.

This Boy Scouts鈥 gender-inclusive revamp puts the scouting organization squarely in competition with the Girl Scouts of the USA, whose CEO Sylvia Acevedo has acknowledged in a statement聽to聽FastCompany this afternoon.

鈥淕irl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization for girls,鈥 wrote Acevedo. 鈥淲e are, and will remain, the first choice for girls and parents who want to provide their girls opportunities to build new skills, explore STEM and the outdoors, participate in community projects, and grow into happy, successful, civically engaged adults.鈥

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