Boy Scouts Under Fire for Removing ‘Boy’ From Name: ‘National Disgrace’

“The Left will eat you alive if you compromise with them,” one user tweets of change to “Scouts BSA”

The Boy Scouts of America are about to remove “Boy” from the organization’s flagship Boy Scouts program, and not everyone is OK with the extraction. And not everyone is OK with who isn’t OK with the extraction.

BSA announced Wednesday it’s cutting that gender-specific part of the group’s moniker in its attempt to become a scouting choice for both boys and girls. As of next February, the Boy Scouts, which includes kids from 10 to 17, will become Scouts BSA.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible,” Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said in a statement while touting the program’s new marketing campaign to promote inclusiveness, “Scout Me In.”

The parent organization, Boy Scouts of America or BSA, will not see a name change, and neither will the gender-neutral name for the Cub Scouts, a program for kids 7-10 years old.

Last year, BSA announced it would start providing programs for girls and before that revealed it would accept transgender children. In 2015, the organization ended a ban on gay troop leaders.

When the announcement was made, reactions popped up on Twitter and there was a clear divide between those who think the change is unnecessary and individuals who think it’s harmless.

“I am a proud Eagle Scout,” Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, tweeted. “It is a national disgrace that girls are being allowed into the Boy Scouts.”

“I remember joining the Boy Scouts and at the first meeting they announced that we’d be required to go camping every month. I never went back,” comedian Mike Drucker wrote. “Anyone who wants to live that nightmare life is welcome to it.

See some of the other reactions to the name change below.