The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA programs are not co-ed. We knew that what we provided for young men was vital to America’s future, but we also felt that young women needed those same opportunities so we created a model that builds on the proven benefits of our single-gender program, while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls.
Families can sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts, in either a girl den or a boy den, which is similar to a Y-Guide Tribe of 7-10 members. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, Scouts BSA, will allow all eligible youth to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Scouts BSA will be single gender – all girl troops or all boy troops.
The Boy Scouts of America’s name is not changing. Our name and our brand has stood for character development and values-based leadership training for more than 108 years. Our program for kids age 11-18 will now be called Scouts BSA which matches our pre-existing Venturing, BSA and Exploring, BSA programs. BSA’s outcomes and values are not changing either. What’s changing is the opportunity to welcome thousands of new families into the Scouting movement.
Serving the full family aligns with our mission and values. The 12 points of the Scout Law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – are relevant and important for both young men and women. We know that young women and parents of those young women want the same values for their daughters as they do their sons.
The decision to make Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts/Scouts BSA comes from feedback from our membership and research. We learned more than 1/3 of parents feel they spend too little free time with their kids. Parents are busy and they want one place to bring kids to get adventure and values of the BSA. Girls have been informal participants in Scouting throughout our history. Opening up Scouting to girls allows them to experience the same great experiences and leadership opportunities their brothers have had. This is important because America needs Scouting like never before. Our kids are under enormous pressures from all sides. Scouting can help them get through, and also give our nation the leadership that we need for the future. We are going to see Scouting thrive in the future!