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Since 1910, future leaders have been trained by the programs of the Boy Scouts of America to be “Prepared. For Life.” Now 108 years later the organization continues to develop ways to better serve families and deliver on our promise to the American people.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

With much information swirling in the news and online regarding the recent Boy Scout program changes, it has been easy for misinformation to spread. Here are the facts presented simply:

 

  • The organization will continue to be called the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Beginning February 1, 2019 we will call the “Boy Scout” program for youth ages 11-17 – “Scouts BSA.”
    • All Scouts will be part of separate single-gender Troops.
    • Troops will have their own youth leadership structure and Scoutmaster.
    • Troops can be linked through a Charter Organization and share a committee
  • The structure of the elementary school age Cub Scout program, now has the options for all boy Packs, all girl Packs, OR Family Packs with all boy Dens AND all girl Dens.  At the weekly meeting level, Cub Scouts is not co-ed.
  • Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring and Learning for Life have no changes. Since their inception these programs have been for teenagers (co-ed) ages 14-20.
  • Boy Scouts of America’s programs help families to raise extraordinary young people with positive character traits and Scouting values. The impact of Scouting was assessed in a Tufts University study which proved these measurable positive effects- read more at: www.bit.ly/scoutstudy.

  • Earning the rank of Eagle Scout requires determination, hard work, and leadership and has a lasting impact on one’s life. A Baylor university study (www.bit.ly/eaglestudy) demonstrated this. There is no shortage of examples or anecdotal accounts that suggest Scouting produces better citizens, but now there is scientific evidence to confirm the prosocial benefits of Scouting or earning the rank of Eagle Scout said the study’s principal investigator, Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Scouting programs are more accessible to American families than evet before and that it a great thing for all young people and the future of our nation. More family membership and the opportunity for girls to be in their own Troops means more Eagle Scout candidates, more service projects to improve our communities, and more engaged citizens for years to come.

At the Cub Scout level, den and pack structures are as follows:  There will be three types of Cub Scout packs: all-boy packs, all-girl packs and packs that include a mix of girl dens and boy dens. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender: all boys or all girls.   This hybrid model builds on the benefit of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. For more information about welcoming girls to Scouting:  www.scouting.org/familyscouting.