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?
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.