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BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls - from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout

On October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board unanimously approved welcoming girls into our iconic Cub Scout program, and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

This decision comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls. The BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — as well as parents and girls who’ve never been involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts.  Chartered organizations may choose to establish a new girl pack, establish a pack that consists of girl dens and boy dens, or continue with an all-boy pack. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls.

Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, BSA will also deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable them to earn the Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows us 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 our iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and Sea Scouting, and through the Venturing program celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018.

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