Family Scouting

Serving Today’s Families

The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.
We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our Cub Scouting program will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.
This webpage is designed to serve as the single point of information on Family Scouting. If you have any further questions about Family Scouting, please email us at family.scouting@scouting.org.
 

Early Adopter Program

After receiving overwhelming demand from chartered partners, Cub Scout pack leaders and local councils already prepared to provide the Cub Scouting program to girls, the Boy Scouts of America is offering an early adopter program that participating councils can extend to chartered partners as early as January 15, 2018. Although Family Scouting programs will officially launch to welcome both boys and girls in Cub Scouting during the 2018-19 program year, the soft launch for early adopters will allow eligible packs in participating councils to officially register girls (K-4) in Cub Scouting as early as January 15, 2018.
Councils have until February 15, 2018 to opt in to the early adopter program, which Scout Executives can do by emailing family.scouting@scouting.org with the council name, number and confirmation to adhere to the Early Adopter program requirements.
 

CubCast: What Does the Cub Scout Family Program Look Like?

You probably know that means girls will now be allowed into the Cub Scouting program, but you might be wondering how it’s all going to work. As National Alliances Team Lead, Lee Shaw has had to work closely with all the various Chartered Organizations on ensuring a smooth transition into Scouting’s new Family Program. He joins us to answer questions about what this new program looks like.


Recruitment Assets

Interim Build an Adventure recruitment marketing materials are now available for early-adopter councils to help welcome girls into Cub Scouting this spring. To supplement the Build an Adventure campaign you already use to recruit boys, new materials are being developed that carry a similar look & feel. They are available now at: https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/3482216/. Please note, these are interim materials. A new recruitment campaign is in development for broad use by all councils this fall, which will be available in May. Please also note, additional materials will be added over the next few weeks that will highlight a broad range of ethnicities. Additional materials will become available as they are developed.
 

Program for Girls in Boy Scouts 2019

Q: If a chartered organization is not able to establish a new unit based on the required number of same-gender youth needed, can boy patrols and girl patrols be combined to form a troop? No. A new unit must be started using the current youth and adult requirements; however, chartered organizations can consider the linked troop model so that the newly-established girl troop will have the same COR and can share the troop committee. 
 
Q: Can a boy troop and girl troop meet as one big troop? Opening and closing of the meetings can be together or separate, depending on space and desire of the chartered organization and unit leadership. The other components of the Scout meeting should be run separately. 
 
Q: Can boy and girl patrols make up a troop? 
No. Troops must be all male or all female youth members. 
 
Q: Must the leaders of a boy troop be men and all the leaders of the girl troop be women? No. Adult leadership may be men, women, or both men and women together. All youth protection guidelines are to be in use no matter the make-up of the adult leadership.  
 
Q: Can a boy troop and girl troop plan events together? Yes, they can plan events together, as troops currently do. 
 
Q: Can courts of honor be held jointly? Yes, courts of honor can be held jointly if the chartered organization chooses. 
 
Q: Can a council and district run camporees for boy troops and girl troops? Yes, a council and district can run council and district events for both boy troops and girl troops if they are following the Guide to Safe Scouting and all current youth protection guidelines. 
 
Q: Will all current Boy Scout troops be required to offer a program for girls? Chartered organizations can decide which programs best serve the needs of their community, which means that the chartered organization can continue to offer Scouting for boys, or they may choose to add a unit for older girls.  

 






 

Additional Family Scouting Resources:

www.Scouting.org/FamilyScouting

The Marketing and Membership Hub

family.scouting@scouting.org e-mail

 

 

 
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