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BSA to Welcome Girls Into Scouting Programs

Boy Scout Policy Change

The National Executive Committee voted to allow girls to participate in the Scout program starting in the Fall of 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Existing packs may choose to establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens or remain an all-boy pack.  This means the Chartered Organization has the choice to all girls or not.  Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the organization will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.

Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.

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