As we begin to expand our Scouting program to serve the entire family we are excited about the opportunities ahead of us for girls to finally experience the Scouting program just as their brothers did. Let us bring you up to speed on the highlights of Family Scouting. In October, the National Executive Board of the BSA announced that they approved a plan to allow girls to participate in all levels of Scouting. For the latest information about Family Scouting, click here.
Key focus areas:
Develop a plan to recruit girls into Scouting in all locations where we currently recruit boys (excluding sites where Scouting is part of the young men’s youth ministry of their Church).
Implement guidelines that maintain the positive attributes that boys currently receive from the program, while delivering those same qualities to girls.
February 1, 2018 – New Youth Protection Program rolled out reflective of changes.
March 15, 2018 – Packs can start collecting applications for female youth and adults (to be effective June 1, 2018)
June 1, 2018 – Cub Scouting program opens to girls.
February 1, 2019 – Scouts BSA program opens to girls.
Key items to be aware of:
Cub Scouting program content stays the same – no changes
Packs can be all-boy, all-girl or blended with all-boy dens and all-girl dens.
All-girl Packs and all-boys Packs may share a sponsor and a committee if so desired.
Boys and girls may not participate in the same den. Packs may have boy dens and girl dens. A minimum of 5 girls is required to offer the program – either as a new group or as a blended Cub Scout Pack. There is no minimum den size.
Two-deep youth protection trained leadership required (just like boys), one of the two adults must be a female for activities where girls are present.
Girl dens must have a dedicated den leader who is position specific trained (the den leader of a Boy Tiger Den can’t also be the Den leader of a Girl Tiger Den).
The decision of whether a pack will stay all boy or go blended belongs to the sponsoring organization. All sponsoring organizations have had the opportunity to share their preferences for their program.
Youth Protection Training has changed to reflect the new program – all registered adults need to take it again by October 1, 2018.
Boy Scout Program – standards are expected in 4th quarter of 2018 – although no content changes are expected.
Boys and girls will not be allowed in same Scout Troop.
Just like Packs – All-girl troops and all-boy troops may share a sponsor and a committee.