‘Scouts BSA’ Also Unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and Can See Themselves in Scouting

Irving, Texas – May 2, 2018 – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made history today by unveiling the new Scout Me In campaign that features girls, as well as boys, in its iconic Cub Scout program for the first time. Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, “Scout Me In,” as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts. The campaign presents an energizing Scouting experience that speaks to kids by putting them in the middle of the action. It also engages parents who are looking for ways to make the most of the time they have with their kids and help them to be Prepared. For Life.

The Scout Me In creative shifts the perspective by showing what it’s like to be a Scout from a kid’s point of view. Instead of simply showing Scouts participating in activities, the campaign brings the young viewer into the middle of the action – from fishing, biking and canoeing to launching rockets and making slime – where they get even closer to the experiences that Scouting brings to life.

“Cub Scouts is a lot of fun, and now it’s available to all kids,” said Stephen Medlicott, National Marketing Group Director of Boy Scouts of America. “That’s why we love ‘Scout Me In’ – because it speaks to girls and boys and tells them, ‘This is for you. We want you to join!’”

The Scout Me In campaign celebrates the BSA’s expansion to serve families and welcome girls and boys into Scouting in communities across the country. It reinforces that the mission and core values in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. Since announcing the BSA’s historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, more than 3,000 girls across the nation have already enrolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program and are participating in Cub Scouts ahead of the full launch later this year.

“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting program for older youth remain consistent with the single name approach used for the Cub Scouts,” said Michael Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be ‘Scouts BSA,’ and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America.”

The new Scout Me In recruitment campaign and creative approach was created by award-winning Dallas agency Johnson & Sekin, who also led efforts in the naming process supporting Scouts BSA. The Cub Scout and Scouts BSA program launch, led by Golin, will encompass a fully integrated strategy that spans paid, owned and earned channels.

“Scouting is deeply woven into the fabric of American life,” said Chris Sekin, Managing Partner of Johnson & Sekin. “It is a privilege to work with the organization to usher in its newest era that now includes all of our country’s youth and families.”

“We are excited to partner with the BSA to expand its impactful programs that are relevant to all families,” said Caroline Dettman, Golin’s Chief Creative and Community Officer. “We are thrilled that the mission and goal of the BSA’s programs to instill character and leadership is now a powerful promise for boys and girls alike.”

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

7 comments

  1. bubba says:

    Sad to watch the further demise of what was once a valuable and honorable organization. Cowardly….bowing to political pressure beyond the point of absurdity. Most of the Eagle Scouts and parents I know are abandoning BSA and moving to Trail Life (or something similar), especially in light of this latest blunder of stupidity by this organization that now improperly uses “Boy Scouts” in their title.

    1. Darryl Alder
      Darryl Alder ( User Karma: 9 ) says:

      I have heard BSA officials say over and over at the National Meetings, we are just one lawsuit away from being bankrupt. It might be easier to give in than to give up.

  2. Brandon says:

    This is too bad. If the girl scouts are not good enough for the girls they would change to be more like the boy scouts. Looks like we’re going to have a bunch of pregnant girl scouts in the next few years with all the co-ed camping trips and whatnot. It’s really too bad. The BSA used to stand for something good…

  3. Lee Buckwalter says:

    Until December 2019 then the author will be unemployed as the LDS church leaves the BSA, finally doing what a lot of its members have wished would have done years ago. The BSA is out of touch with conservative Americans and it’s time organizations like this fail for caving to political correctness that the majority of us want no part of.

  4. Nebo says:

    Scout me in? The BSA must be employing brain damaged PR people. The slogan is really droopy and shows little enthusiasm on the part of scouting. With all the disastrous experiences scouting has suffered over the past decade I would think there should have been a slogan of quality, revealing the intensity of the scouting experience.

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