Family Scouting


Eagle Scout Joe and Cub Scout Daughter Ruthie tell their story:

Setting The Record Straight - News Flash!

The Boy Scouts of America name is not changing.  Boy Scout Troops will not be co-ed.  Scouting is in the news!  And we want to make sure you have the correct information as the BSA prepares to better serve families.  Please read the following and share with family, friends and Scout parents, click:  Setting The Record Straight

Get The Facts - For years, parents have asked the BSA to officially include their daughters in the Cub and Scout programs.  Learn how the BSA will better serve families while maintaining the single gender aspect, click: Family Scouting Fact Sheet

Family Cub Scout Packs - Begining this fall, charter organizations and pack leadership will have the option to remain an all-boy pack or become a family pack, co-ed, with all-boy dens and all-girl dens.  Get your questions answered, click: FAQ Family Program 061218 FINAL

Scouts BSA - The Boy Scout program name will change to Scouts BSA in February 2019 as charter organizations have the option to operate all-girl troops in addition to current all-boy troops.  Troops will be refered to simply as, Scout Troops.  Get your questions answered, click: Scouts BSA FAQ 5-2-18

Frequently Asked Questions - View the National BSA list released on June 12, click:  FAQ Family Program 061218 FINAL

Why Family Scouting?

We often hear that the values, character, and leadership skills taught through Scouting are appealing for the entire family.  Based on numerous requests over many years, the National BSA Board has unanimously approved expanding the benefits of Scouting to all members of the family - boys and girls.  When National BSA Executive Director Michael Surbaugh was asked why the change, he said, “First thing's first: We did it because our members requested it.”  Click to continue reading, 'Why Family Scouting?', by SE Jerry Freyberg

Order of the Arrow (OA)

The National Order of the Arrow has announced that beginning February 1, 2019, unit elections will be permitted in Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scout units. Read National Announcement, click here. Learn more about the Order of The Arrow


BE A SCOUT PIN - If your Cub Scout Pack is becoming a Family Pack by including girl dens, then use the following instructions to update your Be A Scout Pin to allow boys and girls. All pins are defaulted to allow boys only.  Be A Scout Pin Family Pack Instructions


Check out the new 'Scout Me In' Video

Learn more:

National BSA Family Scouting webpage

FAQ Family Program 061218 FINAL

Scouts BSA FAQ 5-2-18

Setting The Record Straight

Family Scout Fact Sheet

Family Program FAQ 10-26-17

Family Scouting Overview 3-5-18

Be A Scout Pin Family Pack Instructions


What Are Parents and Kids Saying:

  • Eagle Scout father Tom and new Cub Scout daughter Ruthie say they are excited to do Scouting as a family.  Watch their video at:
  • For Scott Milliken, Cubmaster in Farragut, TN, the appeal of Family Scouting is personal.  His wife’s work schedule makes her unable to attend most meetings, so he brings all their children with him.  “A lot of other people are in that same scenario.”
  • Dean Davis, 10, is quite pleased his 7-year-old sister, Grace, will join him in Pack 121. “We like to do things as a family,” he said.
  • Tatum Weir is only 10 years old, but says she wants to make history with her twin brother as the first boy-girl twin pair to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.


Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts have expressed concern about the BSA including the entire family in our Scouting programs. After months of trying to engage leadership from the Girl Scout organization about this matter, the BSA is disheartened to see the Girl Scouts pull away from the possibility of cooperation to help meet the needs of today's busy families. To learn more, read the BSA response to the GSUSA by clicking here