For many months the BSA has been listening to families all across the country, and locally we conducted town hall meetings to provide feedback about involving girls in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs.
Today (October 11, 2017), the BSA national board of directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into Cub Scouting in the 2018 program year, as well as delivering a Scouting program in 2019 for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
This decision is the result of years of requests from families: The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
This decision expands the programs that the Boy Scouts of America offers for both boys and girls. Although known for our 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. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available for both boys and girls.
The Circle Ten Council is excited about the opportunity to serve the full family and we are prepared to meet these new customers as they make the decision to join Scouting. Currently we serve more than 57,000 youth members in 24 counties in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma and stay focused on our mission to instill the values of the Scout Oath and Law in our future leaders.
Additional information can be found at Family Scouting page on scoutingnewsroom.org