The 2018/2019 Scouting year brings a historic evolution of scouting in the United States. Now, both girls and boys may join Cub Scout Pack 99 for all ranks, Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The BSA conducted extensive research through surveys and consultation with education experts and determined that because families today are busier than ever, they are looking for more convenience from youth programs. Since the experiences featured by the BSA are appealing to today’s busy families, it makes sense to extend the same offerings to girls and boys.
The priority of the BSA is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to their mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises.
The unique approach offered will build on the proven benefits of the single-gender program while providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls as well as meeting the needs of today’s busy families. For Cub Scout Packs, the Scouts will formally organize into separate all-girl and all-boy dens for each rank, and all dens will continue to meet together as a single Pack.
We are excited to open up this opportunity for all girls and boys of Ellsworth Elementary School this year and look forward to sharing many new adventures in Scouting with more families!
If you are interested in learning more and having your daughter or son join Pack 99 this year, please check out our Pack Handbook and meet us during the Ellsworth Ice Cream Social on September 13, 2018.
The Pack will be available to answer your questions, share our experiences, and help you sign up to get your entire family’s scouting adventure started!
Want to learn more about the expanded BSA program welcoming girls and boys? Check out the following resources online:
- A detailed FAQ from the BSA to answer all your questions.
- An overview video introducing the expansion.
- A Family Scouting Q&A video.
- The BSA’s Family Scouting website.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Cubmaster.
To more adventure!