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BSA Welcomes Girls

Hawthorne NY October 11, 2017

To Westchester-Putnam Council Scout Leaders and Families:

I wanted to get you the latest information about the National Council expanding our Program to include girls. The National Board has voted to allow girls to join the Cub Scouts in 2018 and Boy Scout in 2019. Below is the information that was sent to the Council. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. If you are contacted by the media, please share my contact information with them and I will work with them.

Richard Stockton | Scout Executive\CEO BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Westchester-Putnam Council

BSA Expands Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts Programs to Welcome Girls

The BSA's board of directors has unanimously approved welcoming girls into our Cub Scouts program and delivering a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The historic 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 have 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.

Official BSA news release Family Scouting page on External Link

This change is the result of years of requests from families: The BSA thoughtfully evaluated how to bring the benefits of Scouting to the greatest number of youth possible and adapt to the changing needs of today’s families — all while remaining true to our mission and core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. Changes will begin in 2018 (Cub Scouts) and stretch into 2019 (older girls): Starting in the 2018 program year, families can choose to sign up their sons and daughters for Cub Scouts. Using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts program, the BSA also will deliver a program for older girls, which will be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019, that will enable girls 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.

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