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.
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.
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 BeAScout.org.
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 BeAScout.org 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.”