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Objective: To understand what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) are doing to accommodate nonbinary youth in their organizations. Method: Qualitative interviews with scouting management and nonbinary alumni and a discourse analysis on key scouting documents. Findings: Both organizations were open to nonbinary youth, but enthusiasm in welcoming them varied both between the organizations and across the country within each group. Girl Scouts self-classified as progressive while Boy Scouts did not; a nonbinary alumnus of Girl Scouts did not feel strongly about either organization. Conclusion: The findings highlight the need for more research in this topic. It also suggests that Girl Scouts may need to come together as an organization to reach a unified decision about nonbinary policies for consistency across the country. Boy Scouts may need to unify in a different way, with an attempt to make the results from their new merit badge more consistent nationwide.



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