Scout Leaders are told to avoid referring to youngsters as boys & girls so transgender members are not offended

Scout leaders have been told to avoid referring to children as ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ to ensure transgender members are not offended, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Official guidelines instruct leaders to use ‘gender-neutral’ phrases such as ‘hello, everybody’ when addressing Scout troops.

They also say the phrase ‘hello gentlemen’ should be avoided and warns against calling female Scouts ‘ladies’.