Bay-Lakes Council, BSAPrograms for Girls



As an organization committed to positive youth development, we are always looking for ways to better meet the needs and expectations of our communities young people and their families. Expanding our programs to welcome girls is the result of this process.

The National Council of the BSA announced on October 11, 2017 that the board unanimously approved welcoming girls into Cub Scouts beginning in the 2018 program year and delivering a Scouting program for older girls in 6th Grade and up that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout in early 2019. The National Council has now confirmed that 2/1/2019 will be the official start date for the older girl program. Registration will include full program participation and the ability to work toward all rank advancements. 

Working with their chartered organization, packs may choose to become a pack that serves both boys and girls, remain an all-boy pack or the chartered organization may decide to start an all-girl pack. Similar decisions will need to be made by troops and their chartering organizations in the fall of 2018 for the older girls program, which will use the same curriculum as our Boy Scout program.

We realize there is much to do to prepare, yet we are excited to be able to offer what so many of our families, volunteers and chartered partners have been asking for. Prefer something visual?

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It is a choice and is optional - Chartered organizations, leaders and parents will determine what format best meets the needs of the young people in their community and unit.

It is designed to meet the needs of families and their children - This offers families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.

It is backed by research and requests – this expansion comes after years of receiving requests from families and girls, the evaluation of numerous research efforts, input from current members and leaders, as well as from parents and girls who've never been involved in Scouting.

It supports today’s families – Families are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than before, making one stop shop/convenient program serving the whole family more appealing.

Implementation details are being developed – A Task Force of volunteers and staff are working hard to have resources in place and shared with stakeholders for the fall 2018 rollout for Cub Scouts and 2019 for Boy Scouts. Their focus is on three primary areas; facilities, program/training and marketing. It is being made up of local volunteers from all levels of our organization and various backgrounds.

There will be many points of learning throughout the process and implementation and we will do our best to keep everyone informed using this web-page as our primary source of information.


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