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Boy Scouts Changing Name to Scouting America

A name change means the ten thousand Iowa kids who are in Boy Scouts of America today will be in “Scouting America” troops starting February 8th of next year. Matt Hill is CEO of the Mid-Iowa Council for Boy Scouts of America.

Hill says he has a unique perspective about the name change. He’s an Eagle Scout who appreciates what scouting meant to him and his buddies growing up. He also has a daughter.

The Boy Scouts’ Mid-Iowa Council covers 29 counties and Hill says nearly 50 girls in the region have become Eagle Scouts in the past five years.

Hill is in Orlando at the national annual meeting of Boy Scouts of America, where the name change was announced. Since girls were accepted as Cub Scouts in 2018, six-thousand girls across the country have become Eagle Scouts. About one million U.S. kids are in the Boy Scouts today. The Girl Scouts of America still exists and has not commented on the Boy Scouts name change. The Boy Scouts are in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings that have allowed it to keep operating while paying over 80-thousand men who say they were sexually abused when they were Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.

 

story courtesy of Radio Iowa; image courtesy of Boy Scouts of America

 

 

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