Family Scouting for Boys & Girls

Girls can join Cub Scouts!  Girls have been joining since January 15, 2018. After extensive surveys and studies, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer-led board of directors recently unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs, and has posted information about the expanded opportunities for Family Scouting on a new Family Scouting page. The BSA Family Scouting page provides several resources, including a helpful Fact Sheet that explains the program levels and a Frequently Asked Questions document.

Frequently Asked Questions about Family Scouting

The Family Scouting Committee has prepared an information sheet on with the most frequently asked questions about Family Scouting. Click here to view the document.
For additional information or to schedule a presentation, please contact: Mary Ruth Lareau, Patriot’s Path Council, vice-president of Family Scouting at Mar[email protected] or 973-479-8755.  

Here’s the right way to welcome girls

Do … reiterate that as our organization welcomes families, boys and girls to our programs, the name of our organization remains the same. We are the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Our mission — preparing young people for life — hasn’t changed and is found in all our programs…

Do … use only official Boy Scouts of America (BSA) materials, which are located on the BSA Brand Center. We’ve seen some well-intentioned assets developed by Scouters as they prepare to welcome girls that include problematic phrasing like “we’re starting a girl Scouts BSA troop.” Instead, you’re asked to use the downloadable email templates, flyers, postcards, posters, social media images, troop cards, videos, web banners and more available on the BSA Brand Center.

Don’t … use names, programs, marks, logos or images of the GSUSA or combine them with those of the BSA.

Don’t … use the word “girl” in front of “Scout.” Don’t say, for example “girl Scouts BSA troop” or “girl Scouts.” This includes in flyers, conversation, social media, etc.

Do … say things like:

  • Join Troop 123 for girls.
  • Our church has a boy troop and is forming a girl troop.
  • Join the BSA. Find a troop for girls near you at

Above are excerpts from the article on Bryan On Scouting. Read more on the Bryan On Scouting blog or download a pdf.

Is Your Daughter Interested in Joining a Family Scouting Pack?

Find a Cub Scout pack in your neighborhood. Check out the participating packs in the table below; go to and put in the zip code of the pack you want to see. Family Scouting packs are shown as having “Dens for boys or girls.” Currently, there are many packs for boys, labeled “Boy Pack.” Eventually, there will be girl-only packs, which will be labeled “Girl Pack.”


Mark Spaldo

Family Scouting Committee Staff Advisor

Mark,[email protected]
973.765.9322 x 227

Family Scouting Informational Video

Recruitment Materials

New Family Scouting Recruitment materials are available. Please use the material request form below.

Fall Cub Scout Recruitment Form