As we expand our Scouting programs to serve the entire family (both boys and girls) we are excited about the opportunities ahead of us for girls to finally experience the Scouting program just as their brothers did. Let us bring you up to speed on the highlights of Family Scouting.
In June 2018, girls in Kindergarten through Fifth grade began joining Cub Scout Packs and participating in all girl dens. Nationally, over 64,000 girls have joined Cub Scouts. In the Northern Lights Council, 350 girls have joined.
On February 1, 2019, Scouts BSA Troops for girls ages 11-17 will start operating. We are ramping up the organization of these new troops right now. For the latest information about Family Scouting, click here.
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Key items to be aware of regarding the Cub Scout program:
The Cub Scouting program content stays the same – no changes
Packs can be all-boy, all-girl or blended with all-boy dens and all-girl dens.
All-girl Packs and all-boys Packs may share a sponsor and a committee if so desired.
Boys and girls may not participate in the same den. Packs may have boy dens and girl dens. A minimum of 5 girls is required to offer the program – either as a new group or as a blended Cub Scout Pack. There is no minimum den size.
Two-deep leadership is required (just like boys), one of the two adults must be a female for activities where girls are present. Youth Protection Training has changed to reflect the new program – all leaders must complete the new training before they are registered and re-registered during the charter renewal period.
Girl dens must have a dedicated den leader who is position specific trained (the den leader of a Boy Tiger Den can’t also be the Den leader of a Girl Tiger Den).
The decision of whether a pack will stay all boy or go blended belongs to the sponsoring organization. All sponsoring organizations have had the opportunity to share their preferences for their program.
Key items to be aware of regarding the Scouts BSA program:
Scouts BSA is not a coed program. Boys and girls will be in different troops.
The Scouts BSA program activities and requirements will be the same for boy troops and girl troops (no changes from the "Boy Scout" program). Girls will work on the same requirements for merit badges and rank advancement as boys. All youth will have the opportunity to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Charter organizations that already charter a troop for boys, may decide to also charter a troop for girls. It is the decision of the charter organization and is not a mandatory requirement.
Just like Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA troops for all-girls or all-boys may share a charter organization (sponsor) and a committee.
"Linked" troops - troops that share the same charter organization - may use the same troop number. Each unit has a four-digit number. Rarely does a unit refer to all 4 digits. Example a troop that is currently Troop 2 is Troop 0002 in the BSA computer system. A linked unit could use Troop 1002 but just like the other troop refer to themselves as Troop 2. The Northern Lights Council is promoting this same method. To keep things straight we will be using the first digit as a “5” or "6" for girl troops.