Family Scouting

Serving Today’s Families

The 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 Scouting 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.

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 family.scouting@scouting.org.

Early Adopter Program

After receiving overwhelming demand from chartered partners, Cub Scout pack leaders and local councils already prepared to provide the Cub Scouting 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 Scouting as early as January 15, 2018.

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

CubCast: What Does the Cub Scout Family Program Look Like?

You probably know that means girls will now be allowed into the Cub Scouting program, but you might be wondering how it’s all going to work. As National Alliances Team Lead, Lee Shaw has had to work closely with all the various Chartered Organizations on ensuring a smooth transition into Scouting’s new Family Program. He joins us to answer questions about what this new program looks like.

Recruitment Assets

Interim Build an Adventure recruitment marketing materials are now available for early-adopter councils to help welcome girls into Cub Scouting this spring. To supplement the Build an Adventure campaign you already use to recruit boys, new materials are being developed that carry a similar look & feel. They are available now at: https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/3482216/. Please note, these are interim materials. A new recruitment campaign is in development for broad use by all councils this fall, which will be available in May. Please also note, additional materials will be added over the next few weeks that will highlight a broad range of ethnicities. Additional materials will become available as they are developed.

Video Resources

Family Program for Unit Leadership V3

The BSA’s Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh answers questions about welcoming girls into Scouting programs.

Livestream Video Inviting Councils To Participate

Chief Scout Executive Livestream Town Hall Meeting