Early Adption Program

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 our 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.


Timing of Rollout


On December 5, BSA advised all Councils that, based on significant demand from our families, and after consultation with several local councils, the national Cub Scout team, and the National Executive Committee, a "soft launch" option for early adopters will be 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.


On December 21, the Executive Committee of our Council unanimously approved our Council's participation in the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program. This means Packs can begin registering girls in the Cub Scout program starting January 15, 2018. We are asking every Pack that is interested in participating in the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program to complete an application before March 1, 2018, and meet a number of criteria, including:


  • Complete the 2018 recharter process
  • Strive to achieve Journey to Excellence recognition (Bronze Level or better) in 2018
  • Host a Friends of Scouting presentation in 2018, preferably prior to March 31, 2018



  • The Chartered Organization Representative must approve inviting girls into the Pack
  • Separate Girl and Boy Dens must be established in the Pack; this will enable us to maintain a single-gender program
  • Minimum Den size is 4 youth
  • All adult leaders must be position trained and youth protection trained
  • For the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program, girls from kindergarten through 4th grade may be recruited to the Pack (no 5th grade girls at this time)
    • Starting with the Regular Family Scouting Rollout for the Fall 2018, 5th grade girls may also be recruited 
  • BSA has a 14 minute video available for viewing, for all Unit Leaders including CORs; Pack leaders are asked to view this video.
  • CYC has a 16 minute video available for viewing, addressing issues of how CYC is implementing Early Adoption. Pack leaders are invited to view this video.


 And...to help the Pack run smoothly, regardless of whether you are considering an application for Early Adoption or plan to participate in the regular kickoff, we recommend each Pack do the following:


  • The Pack should designate a Family Scouting Coordinator whose role is to be the Pack's "resident expert" on Family Scouting and a primary point of contact for the program
  • The Pack is also encouraged to designate a New Member Coordinator *to help welcome new members to the Pack (* See Note Below)


Applications may be submitted to your District Key 3 Leaders. Applications should be submitted ASAP, but absolutely no later than March 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for approval.


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








Fall Recruitment:

Details regarding the Full Launch - Regular Rollout for Fall 2018 for Cub Scouts are still being developed. 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. In addition to girls in grades K through 4th, 5th grade girls will also be welcome to 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.


* 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.


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