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Boy Scouts Of America Name Change Sparks Online Outrage

It was announced earlier this week that after 114 years, the Boy Scouts of America name change will be happening in early 2025. They'll now be "Scouting America." As I'm sure you can imagine, social media had some thoughts on the rebrand. The Reason Behind The Boy Scouts of America Name Change According to a news release on the Scout's official website, the name change will better reflect "the organization’s ongoing commitment to welcome every youth and family in America to experience the benefits of scouting." The name change will officially take place on the organization's 115th anniversary on February 8, 2025. The rebrand is an effort to promote inclusiveness from within the organization. In a recent statement, Scouting America president and CEO Roger A. Krone emphasized the importance of the name change. "Though our name will be new, our mission remains unchanged: we are committed to teaching young people to be prepared for life," said Krone. "This will be a simple but very important evolution as we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome in scouting." Social Media Reactions The decision for the Boy Scouts of America name change was a controversial one, and was met with heavy criticism online. Many online critics cited perceived "wokeness" as the main culprit behind the rebrand. https://twitter.com/boyscouts/status/1787880440159727893 Some of the negative responses on the X social media platform include, "Another iconic institution killed at the hands of wokeness. Beyond pathetic." and "You destroyed an outlet for boys to be boys and learn to be men." As vitriolic as these reactions may be, it's also worth noting that girls have been allowed to join the organization since 2018. With that in mind, it would make sense that the organization would want to change its name to better reflect its gender-neutral admittance policy. Personally, I say the more people who know how to tie fancy knots the better.

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