Family Scouting

Cub Scouting (K-5) will open for girls throughout our area in the fall. Selected Cub Scout packs that have opted-in to the early adopter program are accepting girls in K-4 now. Programs for older girls (middle school) will be available in 2019. Venturing is a coed program for young men and women ages 13 (and have completed the 8th grade) through 20 that has been around since 1998.

To find out if a Cub Scout pack near you is accepting girls, visit BeAScout.org, enter your zip code, and look for “Dens for Boys or Girls” in a pack’s pin.

Parents/Guardians:

Complete this brief form if your daughter (grades K-4) is interested in joining Cub Scouts

Please read below for more information about 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 Scouts 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.

The volunteer National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America recently made a unanimous decision to welcome girls to our iconic programs, based on feedback from our community and an understanding that the character and leadership qualities our programs develop grounded in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are as relevant and helpful for girls as they have been for boys.

It is important to note that the BSA did not decide to make the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs co-ed; instead, the organization has introduced a unique model that builds on the benefits of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. Starting in 2018, we invite our chartered partner organizations to choose if they’d like to establish a new girl pack, establish a family pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack.

Your Top 5 Family Scouting Questions Answered

The addition of girls to our Cub Scouts and older youth programs will open a new world of adventure, personal growth, and leadership opportunities for young women across the nation. As you can imagine, it will also create a number of logistical questions about how to manage your units, volunteers, and new members.

 

As we get closer to fall — and to the 2019 launch of our program for older girls — we have begun compiling some of the most frequently asked questions about Family Scouting:

 

Q: Will dens of girls and troops of girls be required to have female leaders?

A: Yes. In Cub Scouting, dens of girls will be required to have at least one registered female den leader or assistant den leader who is at least 21 years old. Troops of girls will be required to have at least one registered, female Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster who is at least 21 years old.

Q: “So, we’re coed now, right?”

A: While it’s true that we are serving boys and girls, these changes don’t make our dens and troops coed. Moving ahead, we’ll have boys in dens and troops, and girls in their own dens and troops.

In Cub Scouting, you can have a separate pack for girls, or you can have separate dens for girls and dens for boys in the same pack. In the case of troops for older youth, you must have separate troops for boys and girls. A chartered organization may also have “linked troops,” which means a chartered organization can have a shared troop committee with separate troop for boys and for girls.

Q: Are we doing an early adopter program for girls entering our older youth programs like we did for Cub Scouts?

A: No.

Q: Do chartered organizations have a choice whether or not to adopt the expanded program?

A: Yes. Chartered organizations always have the option to select from our numerous BSA program offerings. They can select all or one of the BSA programs that they feel best meet the needs of their members and the communities around them.

Q: Can linked troops share troop numbers? If so, how do we tell them apart?

A: Yes, they can share troop numbers. You will be able to tell them apart in the system the same way that we do when councils merge — there is a prefix in ScoutNet that IDs each troop.

Here’s when and how you can start welcoming girls into Cub Scouting

Early Adopter Program

Although our programs will officially launch to welcome both boys and girls in Cub Scouting during the program year, we are offering a soft launch for early adopters based on overwhelming demand from communities that will allow eligible packs to officially register girls (K-4) into Cub Scouts as early as January 15. The requirements to participate in the early adopter program are:

– A local council decides to participate in the early adopter program. (Our council is thrilled to offer the early adopter program to our partners.)

– Local councils reach out to chartered partners of units that are in good standing and have the capacity to participate to determine if the chartered partner is interested in opting in to the early adopter program.

– Chartered partners and unit leaders confirm interest and agree to use the family pack model, and that they will:

1. Register a minimum of four girls into a new all-girl den of an existing pack,

2. Use the current Cub Scouting program and resources,

3. Uphold membership policies,

4. Provide input and feedback about their activities and experiences to help improve the formal rollout; this information may also be used in marketing and earned media outreach.

– The pack confirms that leaders are trained in their positions.

– The pack agrees to develop a program plan to ensure that participants can accomplish all rank requirements by May 31, 2018.

Only online registration will be used to register girls during the early adopter period.

 

During January, local district leaders will be reaching out to the leadership of Cub Scout packs that have been identified as prospects for the Early Adopter program. If you would like your pack to be considered, please email membership@colbsa.org. Approved packs must opt-in no later than March 15 in order to participate as early adopters.