Scouting America FAQ

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In May 2024, the Boy Scouts of America today announced that it will be changing its name to Scouting America. This change reflects the organization’s ongoing commitment to welcoming every youth in America to experience the benefits of Scouting. The name change will go into effect on February 8, 2025, the organization’s 115th birthday.

This announcement also came as the organization celebrates the fifth anniversary of welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs. Boy Scouts of America currently serves 176,234 girls and young women across all programs, including more than 6,000 who have earned Eagle Scout status.

Scouting America builds on the organization’s 114 years of helping America’s youth. Its ongoing goal is to provide young people with a safe environment where they can learn meaningful life skills and have fun, educational experiences, fostering their growth and future outcomes as leaders, and be prepared for life. At the same time, values installed by the Scout Oath and Law help prepare young people for lives of purpose and impact.

More than 130 million Americans have been through Scouting programs since its founding in 1910, and currently, more than 1 million youth, including both men and women, are served by 477,000 dedicated adult volunteers in local councils throughout the country. To date, more than 2.75 million youth have earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.

In addition to supporting the nation’s youth, Scouting America will continue to be an important asset to strengthen our communities, having provided more than 7 million hours of volunteer services for community improvement and other projects across the country.

As information about the organizational rebrand has continued to proliferate, some of your volunteers may have encountered misinformation or may have reached out to you with questions. The Aaron on Scouting blog has answered many of those questions in this post: “What our organization’s name change means — and doesn’t mean — to Scouts and leaders.” 
We encourage you to read this post and share it with those in your community.
Additionally, in the Brand Center, there is this short video addressing what’s changing and what’s not changing as part of the rebrand. That can be used for your council website, shared directly with those who have questions, and/or as a social media post for you and others to share. 
In short, what’s NOT changing:
    • Scout Oath and Law
    • The Values of Scouting
    • Leadership Lessons
    • Fun and Adventure
    • Life-Changing Experiences
    • What It Means to Be a Scout
    • Duty to God
What IS changing:
    • The Name