Scouts of America
Well, that was fast!
Starting next year (2018), girls will be part of the BSA scouting program, not just Venturing, Sea Scouts, Explorers, and STEM. What, you did not realize they were in all that already?
Oh my, it will be a busy year of updates - the organization name, logos, training, uniforms, patches, stickers, books, signs, documents, ... Whew!
After unanimous approval by the BSA board of directors, girls will join Cub Scout Packs in 2018. The plan is to have separate dens for girls and for boys. Then, in 2019, girls will join Boy Scout Troops. See the BSA statement and Bryans blog post.
Will this cause the Girl Scouts of the United States of America to go under? Maybe.
In 1972, BSA had 6.5mil members, 5.1mil in 2012, and 2.3mil in 2016 - maybe this change will raise the numbers now that the entire organization welcomes anyone.
I do not know about the separate dens for girls thing (and a separate program for girls in troops is planned). Whenever I have heard the need discussed, parents were looking for siblings to join scouting "just like the boys". Finding more den leaders just for the girls will be daunting, and I bet most packs will have girls join boy dens no matter what the national organization says.
Best of luck to all you front line volunteers over the next few years. We live (scout) in interesting times! Please just remember to do your best for your scouts and keep adult stuff at adult gatherings to make their scouting experience the best you can.
When do you think the first female Eagle Scout will be awarded? My vote is for November 22, 2019. Whoever posts the closest guess here gets a cookie!
Posted: 14:13 10-11-2017 1330
Oct 11, 2017 - Bryan
They did not say Girls would join Boy Scout troops, they said they would announce a Girl Program. if you look at the Family Scouting page on the BSA Site, female cub scouts will crossover into the Girl PRogram while male cub scouts will crossover into the Boy Scouts.Oct 11, 2017 - Kristian
I am doing the math and come up with something around June 20, 2021. You do have to meet the time requirements for ranks still. I see my daughter getting hers in early 2022.Oct 11, 2017 - Pbev
Disappointed in this move. There already is a great girl scout program. My wife did that and earned her Gold Award. There's also Venturing. No need to change our BSA program at all, except to cave to political pressures.Oct 11, 2017 - Patricia Hernandez
So upset and saddened by this. Is their no place for boys to be with boys? To have that special bond? Why ruin our program ? I am not sure if I want my son in this program anymore. Den leader. Cubmaster. U let our sons down. U should be ashamedOct 12, 2017 - BSss
This is horrible. Boy Scouts is a great organization but the nationals is rotten. BSA is falling apart. I am having a hard time seeing how I can stay involved when there is so little integrity at the top.Oct 13, 2017 - Elmer
The biggest membership drop came AFTER 2013: when they caved to PC pressure and let gays in. Now that they’re caving to the feminists, you think the numbers are going to INCREASE?!?
You aren’t paying much attention.
You aren’t paying much attention.
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