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Girls in Cub Scouts

The Boy Scouts has announced that girls will be joining Cub Scouts as early as next month!

Here’s what we know so far:

The official nation-wide launch will be 2018/2019 program year (late summer / fall of 2018).

“Early adopter” packs can sign up to be given permission to register girls starting January 15, 2018. Units must sign up as an early adopter before March 15, 2018.

There are six requirements:

  • First, the council must opt in as an early adopter council. If the council does not opt in, no packs from that council can participate. Scout Executives have already received an email invitation asking them to decide
  • The council must approve all packs who want to participate
  • The chartered partner and unit committee must agree to adopt the Family Pack model
    • Membership registration must be done online via the BeAScout website
    • First, the Chartered Organization Representative activates the Family Pack pin online to indicate they’re welcoming girls as part of the Early Adopter program
    • Then, the Cubmaster, Committee Chair, or Unit BeAScout administrator also needs to active the Family Pack pin
    • The pack can then register both boys and girls using the online registration system
  • All leaders must be trained and be current in youth protection training prior to starting
  • Packs must have a written plan showing how new Scouts will be able to achieve all required and elective Adventures to complete their rank by May 31, 2018
  • Pack must register at least 4 girls currently in grades K-4 into an existing pack in an all-girl den

Early adopters may participate in Pack overnighters, Family Camping, Council-Organized Family Camps, Day Camps, and Resident Camp.

Pack and Den leaders must agree to uphold membership policies, including keeping all-boy and all-girl dens.

Packs must follow youth protection guidelines for leadership during overnight activities.

Source: BSA Webinar