FACT CHECK: No, Boy Scouts Of America Did Not Lose Millions After Elon Musk Called Organization ‘Woke’

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims Boy Scouts of America lost $250 million in funding after Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the organization “woke.” 

Verdict: False

The claim was originally uploaded to a site known to publish satirical material.

Fact Check:

Boy Scouts of America has announced that it will be changing its name to “Scouting America” in 2025 in an attempt to promote inclusion, according to The Associated Press. The change is expected to take place on Feb. 8 2025, marking the organization’s 115th birthday, the outlet reported.

A Facebook image shows a picture of Musk next to an image of boy scouts saluting and holding small American flags. “Boy Scouts Lose $250 Million in Funding; Elon Musk Says They Went Woke,” the caption reads.

This claim is inaccurate, however. There are no matching search results on Musk’s X account of him calling the Boy Scouts “woke.” Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports about this occurring.

The article was posted to Esspots, where it is labeled as satire. The site has a disclaimer that says it specializes in “satire, parody, and humor.” It adds, “Before you proceed to read our content, we would like to emphasize that nothing on this website is real.” (RELATED: Did Elon Musk Say Anyone Who New Violates Antisemitism Law Will Be Suspended From X?)

“The quote falsely attributed to Mr. Musk is a satirical post circulating the internet and has no basis in fact,” a Boy Scouts of America spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email.

Check Your Fact reached out to a Tesla spokesperson and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter