We know this is going to be a positive experience

MASSLIVE.com - 5/07/18 - Reactions were mixed Wednesday after the Boy Scouts of America announced that the word "boy" will be dropped from the name of its iconic Boy Scouts program in anticipation of girls joining the ranks.

But in western Massachusetts, the head of the regional Boy Scouts council said the change makes perfect sense.

"We know this is going to be a positive experience," said David Kruse, executive officer and scout executive for the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America. "We're excited about the opportunity that girls and boys will have to equally participate in the program, and that girls will have the opportunity to earn the coveted Eagle Scout award and all the benefits that affords them in life."

Next year, the organization will change the name of its older youth program for 11- to 17-year-olds - known currently as "Boy Scouts," to "Scouts BSA."

The parent organization will remain the Boy Scouts of America, and the Cub Scouts program for 7 to 10-year-olds will also keep its title.

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Boy Scouts to drop 'boy' from name of flagship program