BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls
On October 11 the BSA's board of directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who have never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.
There are links to further information below, but a few key considerations are:
- Planning is already underway with regard to support for unit and chartered organizations.
- Changes will begin in 2018 (Cub Scouts) and stretch into 2019 (older girls)
- The BSA has been serving older girls since 1971, while remaining supportive of the Girl Scouts of the USA. We will continue to seek to partner with the Girl Scouts so that youth and families can find and choose the organization that best fits their desired experience.
Official BSA News Release Family Scouting FAQ
November 22 Updates
Chief Answers Your Question About Welcoming Girls Into BSA Programs
with Bryan On Scouting - A Blog for the BSA's Adult Leaders
MPR News with Tom Weber Interviews Northern Star Communications
Director, Kent York, on Expansion of BSA Programs to Include Girls
MPR Reporter Jo Erickson interviewed several Northern Star Council Scouts, using comments from three of them on the air during the Tom Weber Program interview with Kent York.
February 4, 2018 Update
The Changing Face of the Boy Scouts - BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh appeared with Scouting members and volunteers on the CBS Sunday Morning Program 2/4/2018 to talk about Scouting today and tomorrow. Check it out!