On October 11, 2017, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable females to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Starting this year (2018), families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. The Chartered Partner (your sponsoring church, school, or other sponsoring organization) of our Cub Scout packs will have the option to invite girls now, wait until this fall, or remain a single-gender pack.
If your Chartered Partner decides to invite girls to join as part of our early adopter program, we would ask your pack to comply with the early adopter requirements. All Chartered Partners will also receive a letter before the end of January asking them to indicate their Family Scouting choice and return that letter to their district professional.
Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scout program, the BSA also will deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced later this year and is projected to be available in 2019. This approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single gender model while also meeting the needs of today’s families.
This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. 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.
– Interpreted from the Heart of America Council Website, edits by HJ.