Family Scouting

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. In 2019, a program for older girls will be introduced as well that aligns with Boy Scouting. See below for more detailed information about these new programs. For more information from our national office on this decision, please click here to visit the BSA’s Family Scouting page.

Cub Scouting

Cub Scout packs may begin accepting girls June 1st. The process for accepting girls is as follows:

  1. The pack must discuss Family Scouting and make the decision to accept girls in 2018.
  2. The pack must meet with their Chartered Organization to get their approval for girls to join.
  3. The Chartered Organization Representative must change the pack’s BeAScout pin to indicate that the pack is open to girls.

For help with this process, please contact your District Staff. They are your best resource for Family Scouting questions.

Boy Scouting

The BSA’s Boy Scout program will officially change to “Scouts BSA” in February 2019. Scouts BSA allows for the creation of Troops that serve girls, mirroring the existing program and allowing girls to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Existing Boy Scout Troops may develop a separate Girl Troop that shares the same Troop Committee. If your Troop is interested in recruiting girls in 2019, please contact your District Staff to stay up to date on the latest information regarding this change. For a FAQ on this change from our national office, please click here.

Updates to Youth Protection Training

The BSA has updated their Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. Two major aspects of Youth Protection have changed.

  1. All new and existing adult leaders must log in to and complete the updated Youth Protection course. You have until Oct. 1, 2018, to take the updated training. Failure to do so will prevent the unit from rechartering. New leaders cannot register with the BSA without first completing YPT. The updated course will take about an hour to complete. It includes cutting-edge research from the top experts in the field of child abuse prevention. It covers topics like bullying, neglect, exposure to violence, physical and emotional abuse, and child sexual abuse.
  2. Beginning June 1, 2018, all adults who will be present at a Scouting activity for 72 hours or more must register as volunteers and complete a background check and Youth Protection training. This includes parents, merit badge counselors and any other adult who will be there for an extended time.

The BSA is serious about fighting child abuse, and you’re an important part of that fight. Thanks for your vigilance and dedication. For more information on these changes, please see the official web release here.