Girls in Scouts - Family Scouting

Serving Today’s Families

The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.

Starting in 2018, the Cub Scouting program will be open to boys and girls. 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 and be better prepared for future success.

I'm the parent of a girl interested in joining Cub Scouts. What do I do?

Visit and you'll be able to find Cub Scout Packs near you and whether they are a co-ed, boys-only, or girls-only unit. You'll be able to fill out a contact form to alert each individual Cub Scout Pack's leaders that you want to join. In many cases, you'll be able to complete online membership registration.

Note: information about co-ed, boys-only, girls-only Cub Scouting will update throughout 2018 as Cub Scout Packs' sponsoring organizations decide how to best serve families in their communities.

I'm already involved in Cub Scouts. What should my pack do?

The Chartered Organization Representative for your pack should make sure he/she has answered our council survey about the chartered organization's plans regarding serving girls and their families. If your Chartered Organization Representative has not seen this survey, please have him/her contact Will Gregorcyk.

More Information and Resources

CLICK HERE to see BSA's national Family Scouting page, including links to Fact Sheets, FAQs, messages of support from national chartered partners, and more.

General FAQs

What led to this change?

Independent research reinforces the requests the BSA has received from families interested in the type of programs that BSA offers for their daughters. According to the research:
  • 90 percent of parents not involved with the BSA expressed interest in getting their daughter involved in programs like Cub Scouts.
  • 87 percent of parents not involved with the BSA expressed interest in getting their daughter involved in programs like Boy Scouts.
BSA also sought input from volunteers, chartered partner organizations, parents, youth-development experts, and other stakeholders. Thousands of individuals offered their perspective on how to better serve families through Scouting, and we took all of that feedback into account when developing this offering.

Is this change a departure from the BSA’s core mission and identity?

No. In fact, this aligns with our mission and values. Our mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, such as the importance of maintaining a sense of Duty to God and Country. To achieve our mission, we create innovative programs and evolve existing ones to meet the needs of today’s families and deliver them through dedicated volunteers in communities across the nation.

BSA's time-tested curriculum will remain the same—BSA’s program content and activities are appropriate for boys and girls alike, as are the current rank advancement requirements. As always, volunteers have the ability to tailor activities to meet the developmental needs and abilities of Scouts in their packs and troops.

There are no plans to change our name at this time. We are focused on serving youth with the best character and leadership development program possible.

Does this mean that Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be co-ed?

The BSA strongly believes in the benefit of single-gender programs, and the family Scouting model builds on the benefit of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls.

Can a pack decide to remain boys-only? Can there be girls-only packs?

Yes—beginning in fall 2018, existing Cub Scout packs can elect how they wish to open their membership.

An existing pack may choose to recruit girls or remain an all-boy pack. When creating a new pack, a chartered organization may form an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack or a pack of girls and boys.

Remember, each Cub Scout pack is comprised of multiple dens. Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls. Cub Scout packs, meanwhile, can include any combination of all-boy or all-girl dens. The choice is left to individual pack leaders in consultation with their chartered organization.

What will this mean for girls after Cub Scouts?

A program for girls age 11 to 17 will be announced in 2019, allowing participating girls to achieve Scouting’s highest rank, the Eagle Scout Award.

By paving a path for young women to earn the Eagle Scout rank, more of our future leaders will be equipped with the life-long values that BSA has instilled in youth for more than a century.

What does this mean for Youth Protection?

Youth protection and safety is paramount in all of the BSA’s programs. We invest resources and time to continuously strengthen our youth-protection program. As we deliver the program for older girls, we will be evaluating any changes needed to ensure the safety of all youth.

At the Cub Scout level, the program is already designed for the family. When an activity includes both boys and girls, both female and male leaders must be present for activities that include both boys and girls, and at least one of those leaders must be a registered adult member of the BSA. We do not expect this requirement to be challenging since men and women make up about half of Cub Scout leadership already. This Youth Protection policy matches existing policies in place for the Venturing program.