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 [email protected] or 973-479-8755.  

As Scouts BSA launch nears, 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 BeAScout.org.

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

Is your pack participating in Family Scouting?

Click here to read the Family Scouting Pack Letter, then let us know.  All packs should fill out the 2018/2019 Cub Scout Pack Designation Form.  Click here to download the form.

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.”

What if your daughter is too old (11 or over) for Cub Scouting?

In February 2019, the BSA will begin to deliver a program for older girls through which girls will be able to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. This program will use the same Scouting program offered to older boys, and will be offered in all-girl troops; current Boy Scout Troops will remain all-boy. Click here for Q&A about this upcoming program.  

There are also existing programs in which older girls can participate. Boy Scouts of America has had programs for young men and women to join for more than 45 years – Exploring, Sea Scouts and Venturing. Click on each program for more information.

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All packs should fill out the 2018/2019 Cub Scout Pack Designation Form and send this form to the council’s Family Scouting committee prior to beginning any Family Scouting recruiting or program activities. Click here to download the form.