We are excited to be Serving the Whole Family!
The Boy Scouts of America has announced a new Family Scouting program that will allow girls to join Cub Scouting in 2018. Cub Scout dens will be single gender – all boys or all girls. In addition, it was announced that a program for girls age 11 to 17 will be introduced in February2019 that uses the same curriculum as the current Boy Scout program and allows girls to earn the Eagle Scout award. The traditionallyoutstanding core Scouting program for boys will be maintained as the new Family Scouting program is implemented.
Click HERE for a link to more information of the National BSA website.
February, 1st 2018 – New Youth Protection 2 Program rolled out reflective of changes.
August 2018 – Packs can start collecting applications for female youth and
August 2018 – Cub Scouting program opens to girls.
October 1st, 2018– Youth Protection 2 Program must be completed by ALL registered Scouters.
February 1st, 2019 – Boy Scouting program opens to girls.
Twelve Key items to be aware of:
Cub Scouting program content stays the same – no changes
Packs can be all-boy, all-girl or blended.
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 1st.
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.