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Family Scouting

Serving the Whole Family


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. Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to Family Scoutingour mission. We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our Cub Scout program will be 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 and be better prepared for future success.We will expand Family Scouting to our Boy Scout age (11-17) Program beginning on February 1, 2019.


Leadership Training

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. It is especially important as we welcome girls into our programs that ALL LEADERS are trained for their positions and, of course, Youth Protection trained. All leader training courses and YPT are available online at https://my.scouting.org/


AND and the best way to ensure great experiences for our Boys and Girls and ensure that we, as leaders, help deliver the Promise of Scouting, is for our leaders to take  THE BEST TRAINING available, Wood Badge. After all, doesn't every youth also deserve a Wood Badge Trained Leader. More information about Wood Badge is here.


Timing of Rollout

On December 5, BSA advised all Councils that, based on significant demand from our families, a "soft launch" option for early adopters was offered to qualified councils to invite girls to join Cub Scouting starting in January 2018, with the “official” full launch date set for the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 school year. Click here for more information on the Early Adoption process.


And...to help the Pack run smoothly, we recommend each Pack do the following:


  • The Pack is encouraged to designate a New Member Coordinator *to help welcome new members to the Pack (* See Note Below)


* New Member Coordinator

Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is designed to ensure that BOTH keys to success take place.


Fall Recruitment:

Details regarding the Full Launch - Regular Rollout for Fall 2018 for Cub Scouts are still being developed. If your Pack is planning to welcome girls in the program, you can start registering them on June 1. You should expect that the Pack's Chartered Organization Representative (or Institution Head) must approve inviting girls into the Pack if they have not already done so as part of the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program Application. Starting in June, girls in grades K through 5th will be welcome into the Pack.


Boy Scout Age Program (11 through 17):

Girls will be welcome into our older age program starting February 1, 2019. Because BSA has concluded that its program for ages 11-17 will be single gender, this will be accomplished with separate Girl Troops and Boy Troops. Even with separate troops, all advancement requirements for all youth will be identical, independent of gender. This is the latest information we have.


Click here for the latest information from BSA on Family Scouting


Program and Membership


Please direct your questions to Andrea Ulery or Leann Ratner, Council Family Scouting Coordinators, or to Jay Lubin, Council Membership Chair:






 Family Scouting