Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.
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. We are excited to announce that our Cub Scouting program is now 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. If you have any further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY ADOPTER PROGRAM
The 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.
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.
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) in Cub Scouts as early as January 15.
Update 3/6/18: March 15th is last day for Early Adopter Units to sign up!
March 15th is the last day for units to sign up to participate in the Early Adopter period for the Cub Scout program. After this date, units will no longer have the ability to turn on their flags on BeAScout.org.
Please note that Early Adopter units will be able continue to add girls after that date, but if a unit decides they want to participate after March 15, they won’t be able to until the new program year starts (in June at the earliest).
EARLY ADAPTER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
A local council decides to participate in the early adopter program.
2. REACH OUT.
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.
3. CHARTERED PARTNERS & UNIT LEADERS: CONFIRM FAMILY PACK MODEL.
Chartered partners and unit leaders confirm interest and agree to use the family pack model, and that they will:
- Register a minimum of four girls into a new all-girl den of an existing pack,
- Use the current Cub Scouting program and resources,
- Uphold membership policies,
- Provide input and feedback about their activities and experiences to help improve the formal rollout;
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4. PACK: CONFIRM TRAINED LEADERS.
The pack confirms that leaders are trained in their positions.
5. PACK: DEVELOP PROGRAM PLAN.
The pack agrees to develop a program plan to ensure that participants can accomplish all rank requirements by May 31, 2018.
Note: If a chartered partner or pack decides not to participate in the early adopter program, they are still able to choose to offer family or girl packs during the official launch during the program year.
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