Family Scouting

Serving Today's Families

BSA’s mission 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 Scout Law.

Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.

We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our Cub Scouts program will be open to boys and girls. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.

Early Adopter Program

After receiving overwhelming demand from chartered partners, Cub Scout pack leaders and local councils already prepared to provide the Cub Scout program to girls, the Boy Scouts of America is offering an early adopter program that participating councils can extend to chartered partners as early as January 15, 2018. Although Family Scouting programs will officially launch to welcome both boys and girls in Cub Scouting during the 2018-19 program year, the soft launch for early adopters will allow eligible packs in participating councils to officially register girls (K-4) in Cub Scouts as early as January 15.

Councils have until February 15, 2018 to opt in to the early adopter program, which Scout Executives can do by emailing with the council name, number and confirmation to adhere to the Early Adopter program requirements.

This webpage is designed to serve as the single point of information on Family Scouting. If you have any further questions about Family Scouting, please email us at

Livestream Video Inviting Council's To Participate

BSA Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh answers questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs.

Chief Scout Executive Livestream Town Hall Meeting