Family Scouting


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


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 Scouting Orientation Video- This orientation video developed by the BSA council in Indianapolis does a great job of explaining Family Scouting.  Click, Family Scouting Orientation Video

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions - View the National BSA list released on June 12, 2018, 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 Instructions - 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

Be-A-Scout Pin Tutorial VideoA quick video tutorial created by the Michigan Crossroads Council and is now available.  Click:

Scout Me In Video - Check out the new 'Scout Me In' Video

Family Scouting Q&A Video - This Question & Answer video developed by the BSA council in Indinapolis answers your questions. Click,  Family Scouting Q&A Video

Adult Supervision & LeadershipTwo 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 21 years of age or over in every unit serving females. A registered female adult leader 21 years of age or over must be present for any activity involving female youth. Notwithstanding the minimum leader requirements, age- and program-appropriate supervision must always be provided. (FAQ’s) All adults accompanying a Scouting unit who are present at the activity for 72 total hours or more must be registered as leaders. The 72 hours need not be consecutive.  Learn more, click HERE

What Are Parents and Kids Saying? Videos and Stories:


Short Stories

  • 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.



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

Eagle Scout Age Requirement for ScoutsBSA

Girl Scouts

Lawsuit - The Girl Scouts of the USA filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America claiming that the BSA has infringed on their brand by use of the terms Scout and Scouting in connection with serving girls.  Learn more at BSA Response 

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