Scouting Is For Girls And Boys
Boy Scouts of America recently made headlines as its volunteer-led board of directors unanimously approved a plan to invite girls and young women into Scouting programs.
Girls in BSA? Yes, it’s true and it is not new. Since 1971, BSA has served young men and women in its Exploring and Venturing programs.
Beginning in July 2018, Cub Scouting will be available to both girls and boys ages 5-10. A program for girls ages 11-17 will be introduced in 2019 using the same curriculum as the current Boy Scouts program. This will allow girls to work toward — and earn — Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award, the requirements of which will remain the same.
Existing program content and activities are appropriate for boys and girls alike. Education experts have evaluated the program for young women.
Some big things won’t change, such as rank advancement requirements and youth protection policies. We expect uniforms will remain the same, too!
Our members consistently tell us that the values, character and leadership skills taught through Scouting are needed for the entire family. We have also heard from the busy moms and dads who want more activities for the whole family.
Independent research reinforces the requests BSA has received from families interested in the type of programs that BSA offers for their daughters. According to the research:
• 90 percent of parents not involved with BSA expressed interest in getting their daughter involved in programs like Cub Scouts.
• 87 percent of parents not involved with BSA expressed interest in getting their daughter involved in programs like Boy Scouts.
We also sought input from our volunteers, sponsoring or- ganizations, parents, youth-development experts and other stakeholders.
With the transition, Cub Scout packs will be able to serve both girls and boys. An existing pack may choose to recruit girls or remain an allboy pack. When creating a new pack, a sponsoring organization may form an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack or a pack of girls and boys.
Each Cub Scout pack is comprised of small groups called dens — one for each grade. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, meanwhile, can include any combination of all-boy or allgirl dens.
This hybrid model builds on program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. - teers can tailor the activities to meet the developmental needs and abilities of their youth.