What is Scouts BSA?
For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America will be open to young women.
Scouts BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves.
In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else.
And to be clear, Scouts BSA troops will NOT be co-ed. Boys and girls will be registered in separate single-gender troops.
Why Scouts BSA?
Scouting builds character and instills values for a lifetime. Youth and parents can expect to find that their experience in Scouting will focus on important concepts like adventure, leadership, and personal growth.
Scouts BSA is an introduction to the great outdoors for boys and girls ages 11 through 17 and, most important, a lesson about their place in it.
Unlike the launch of Family Scouting, there will be no soft launch for Scouts BSA. That means chartered organizations, parents, and girls should be ready to dive right into Scouting come February 2019!
Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions that the BSA has compiled about Scouts BSA. You can use these questions and answers to learn more about the program and understand how girls can join when the time comes.
Q: At what age can girls join Scouting?
Beginnings in 2018, families can choose Cub Scouts for their sons and daughters, starting at age five, up through age 20 in Venturing and Sea Scouts.
Q: How do units respond to girls who want to join BSA programs immediately?
We are excited to welcome girls who are interested in joining the Cub Scouting program in 2018. For Scouts BSA, it is recommended that all councils that receive interest in the program from their community develop a list with contact information, so they can reach out to those interested as units are being developed.
Q: How will BeAScout help identify which units are welcoming girls?
Unit pins have an indicator if the unit is accepting girls. This indicator on the pin will be set through the organization manager settings.
Q: Will the Boy Scout Handbook be updated to reflect the new name?
Yes. You can purchase the updated Scouts BSA Handbook in Scout Shops starting in February 2019.
Youth Protection and Adult Supervision
Q: May an adult male lead an all-girl unit?
Yes, an adult male can lead an all-girl unit, just as we already have adult females leading all-boy programs. Youth protection requirements still apply to both male and female participants.
Effective, October 1, 2018, two registered adult leaders 21 years of age or over are required at all Scouting activities, including meetings. There must be a registered female adult leader over 21 in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided.
Eligible volunteers need to be:
- 1) 21 and over
- 2) Registered as a volunteer with the BSA
- 3) Have gone through a background check, and
- 4) Be up to date on Youth Protection training
This is a change from our previous policy where one leader could be 21 years of age or older with a second leader who could be 18 years of age or older.