Programs for 11-18-Year-Olds to Become ‘Scouts BSA’

Some of you may have seen news about the Boy Scouts of America changing the name of its program for youth 11-18 years of age. Beginning in February 2019, the programs for this age group – which will include the current Boy Scout program and the new parallel program for girls – will be known as “Scouts BSA”.

There are a number of stories in various media outlets with headlines which erroneously indicate the BSA organization is changing its name. “Scouts BSA” will join Cub Scouts, Venturing, and Sea Scouts as age-appropriate programs under the Boy Scouts of America umbrella of character and leadership development programs for youth.

As announced last Fall, the 11-18 program will consist of boys-only Scouts BSA troops and girls-only Scouts BSA troops. Members of both will likely refer to themselves as simply ‘Scouts’ (as most members do today) in Scout troops. Boys-only troops and girls-only troops will have the same requirements for youth working on advancement and the Eagle Scout rank.

Here is the official release from the BSA:…/scout-me-in/…

Steve Wilburn
Scout Executive