Programs | Family Scouting

As we begin . . . 
to expand our Scouting program to serve the entire family we are excited about the opportunities ahead of us for girls to finally experience the Scouting program just as their brothers did.   For those who have been participating in the community forums and roundtable discussions, thank you.  Your advice and feedback has been most helpful and appreciative.  For those who are jumping into this discussion mid-stream, let me bring you up to speed on the highlights.

In October, the National Executive Board of the BSA announced that they approved a plan to allow girls to participate in all levels of Scouting.  Shortly after that announcement we put together a task force of key volunteers to help guide the implementation of that program here in the Seneca Waterways Council.  Our task force has been meeting monthly and along with support from our National Office working to rollout information that is helpful to leaders.

Key focus areas:

Develop a plan to recruit girls into Scouting in all locations where we currently recruit boys (excluding sites where Scouting is part of the young men’s youth ministry of their Church).
Implement guidelines that maintain the positive attributes that boys currently receive from the program, while delivering those same qualities to girls.

Key Dates

February 1st – New Youth Protection Program rolled out reflective of changes.

March 15th – Packs can start collecting applications for female youth and adults (to be effective June 1st)

April 10th & 12th – Leader Orientation about girls in Cub Scouting

June 1st, 2018 – Cub Scouting program opens to girls.

Aug 2nd - 4th, 2018 - Cub Scout Adventure Camp for Girls at Camp Cutler

February 1st, 2019 – Boy Scouting program opens to girls.

Twelve Key items to be aware of:

  • Cub Scouting program content stays the same – no changes
  • Packs can be all-boy, all-girl or blended.
  • All-girl Packs and all-boys Packs may share a sponsor and a committee if so desired.
  • Boys and girls may not participate in the same den.  Packs may have boy dens and girl dens.A minimum of 5 girls is required to offer the program – either as a new group or as a blended Cub Scout Pack.  There is no minimum den size.
  • Two-deep youth protection trained leadership required (just like boys), one of the two adults must be a female for activities where girls are present.
  • Girl dens must have a dedicated den leader who is position specific trained (the den leader of a Boy Tiger Den can’t also be the Den leader of a Girl Tiger Den).
  • The decision of whether a pack will stay all boy or go blended belongs to the sponsoring organization.  All sponsoring organizations have had the opportunity to share their preferences for their program.
  • Youth Protection Training has changed to reflect the new program – all registered adults need to take it again by October 1st.
  • Boy Scout Program – standards are expected in 4th quarter of 2018 – although no content changes are expected.
  • Boys and girls will not be allowed in same Scout Troop.
  • Just like Packs – All-girl troops and all-boy troops may share a sponsor and a committee.

Leader Orientation

To help get new leaders up to speed on the family scout program we will be conducting two orientation meetings.  These meetings are ideal for prospective leaders and even parents you know who have a daughter that would like to enroll in the program.

The orientation will cover several key areas:  1) Surveying current families; 2) Getting started with early registration / Spring Roundup; 3) Registration needs; 4) Program Rollout and 5) Exciting camp opportunity for early sign ups.

The leader orientations will be April 10th at the August Scout Service Center in Brighton and April 12th at the Zion Lutheran Church at 18 Snell Rd in Geneva.  Both programs will start at 7pm.  Families interested in participating can sign up at the attached link:  https://senecawaterways.org/orientation

I hope you or one of your leaders will be able to join us.  Thank you for being part of this exciting opportunity.

For more information about Family Scouting contact Stephen Hoitt, Scout Executive at Sthoitt@bsamail.org

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