The mission of the BSA 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. Effective August 1, we are proud to announce that our Cub Scouting program will be open to boys and girls in grades K-5. Starting in February of 2019, both boys and girls ages 11-17 will also be welcome to join Scouts BSA, previously known as our Boy Scout program. The organization name, Boy Scouts of America, will not change.
The change stems from an overwhelming response from parents who want both their sons and daughters involved in innovative programs that also build character. In fact, recent surveys of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts.
It is important to note that the Cub Scouting and now Scouts BSA programs will not be co-ed. Instead, the BSA has introduced a unique model that builds on the benefits of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. In Cub Scouts, girls and boys will be in an all-boy or all-girl den. In Scouts BSA, boys will form an all-boy troop while girls will form an all-girl troop.
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