What is Family Scouting?
The Boy Scouts of America will be accepting boys and girls into all Scouting programs for the first time in more than 80 years. Here’s what that means for your family and for scouting in North and Central Texas.
- Cub Scouting: The first big change is that right now families in the Longhorn Council and across the country can now choose to sign up both their sons and daughters for Cub Scouting.
- Boy Scouting: starting in February 2019 boys and girls ages 11 to 17 will be welcome to join separate Troops.
- The Boy Scout program name will change from the “Boy Scout” program to the “Scouts BSA” program. (The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.)
- Girls will now have the opportunity, in separate Troops, to complete the same requirements, earn the same merit badges and ranks, do the same projects and activities, and eventually become an Eagle Scout.
Note that many girls have been attending scouting events with their siblings for years.
What’s Staying the Same?
- The scouting curriculum and all rank requirements are staying exactly the same.
- The organization name will remain Boy Scouts of America
- Uniforms will be fundamentally the same, but girls uniforms will have a styling to fit girls.
- Existing Dens and Troops will function as normal. Girls cannot join an already-existing male Troop or Cub Scout Den. A female Troop or Den or Pack can be formed with 5 girls.
- Each Troop or Den or Pack, male or female, still must have two adult leaders over the age of 21 at all meetings and activities. And every female Den, Pack, or Troop must have at least one female leader over the age of 21, as we have always done for Venturing, Exploring, and NYLT Twin Arrows.
Note that because boys and girls develop at different paces, Cub Scout Dens and Scout Troops will still be single gender. Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA programs will not be co-ed. The BSA has introduced a unique model that builds on the benefits of a single-gender program while also providing character and Leadership opportunities for both boys and girls.
The 100 year old mission is still the same: to prepare every young person to become a strong, brave, loyal, kind and responsible citizen.
Now girls will be able to go through the ranks in separate Dens and Troops and earn badges like their brothers and fathers have done for years. Scouting can now become an experience the whole family can take part in together.
Although the Scouts BSA program doesn’t launch until February 2019, adult training is available now.
The best place to get answers to your questions about Family Scouting is the BSA’s Family Scouting page: www.scouting.org/familyscouting. The latest details and updates will be posted here, plus an FAQ that addresses several key items, infographics that explains unit structures, and links to key marketing resources, videos, and more.
Click here for the BSA’s Family Scouting page.
Longhorn Council was an early adopter of the new Family Scouting pilot program. As of June all Packs may participate. For general and FAQ information on Family Scouting, go to: www.scoutingnewsroom.org/family-scouting.
For questions, contact:
Council Family Scouting Chair, Brandee Ganz: or 682-331-3187
Yours in Scouting,
Council Membership Chairman