Boy Scouts of America to be renamed Scouting America

The Boy Scouts of America says it will change its name to Scouting America to reflect social diversity.

The Boy Scouts of America, established in 1910, announced its rebranding on Tuesday.

President and CEO Roger Krone said, "This will be a simple but very important evolution as we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome in Scouting."

Media reports say the Boy Scouts of America began allowing membership for homosexuals about a decade ago. It began accepting girls in 2018. Currently, roughly 176,000 of its million-plus members are girls and young women.

The Associated Press reports that membership, which peaked more than 50 years ago at about 5 million, has since dropped to about one-fifth due to the coronavirus pandemic and other factors.

In addition, the organization has been hit by a series of lawsuits by members claiming they were victims of sexual abuse.

CNN says the organization began compensating victims last year. It is expected to pay out 2.4 billion dollars to more than 80,000 individuals.

The name change is scheduled for February next year.

Some US media say the move may be an attempt by the Boy Scouts of America to revamp its image.