Family Scouting

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.

We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our 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.

For more information and resources, visit www.scouting.org/familyscouting


In The Great Trail Council

As of June 1, 2018, the Great Trail Council will be launching our Family Scouting Programs to all Cub Scout Packs. Officially, this program will not launch nationally until the 2018 Program Year, which begins with the 2018 – 2019 school year. It is important for the Great Trail Council to make sure that we highlight what we feel is the most important part of the Scouting year with all of our families: Summer Camp Programs. By launching this program in June, we will be prepared to welcome both boys and girls at all of our Day Camps, Cub Adventure Camps and WEBELOS Resident Camps this year. In addition, early discounts will be available to new enrollees through June 30, 2018, or one week prior to the start of a camping program that they choose to attend.

At this time, we ask that all Cub Scout Packs begin having conversations with their adult leaders and parents to determine how many sisters are interested in joining the Scouting program this year. Unit leaders and Pack Committees should now also begin identifying and securing new den leaders who will be specifically working with our new members at each rank. Additionally, as we launch this program, Packs who are prepared with leadership and have planned their Summer programs, will need to hold Spring Recruitment events so that we provide every opportunity for new young people to join. Please contact your District’s membership chair and District Executive to set the date for your Spring Recruiting events. After your events are completed, it is expected that applications and membership fees are turned into your District Executive or the Scout Service center immediately. As soon as an application is received by your District Executive or at the Scout Service Center, the new youth are considered registered and can participate fully in the Cub Scouting program. The applications will not be posted until after the annual grade rollover which will take place during the weekend of June 9, 2018. If an application is not given to your District Executive or turned into the Scout Service Center, the new Scout is not considered registered and is not covered under any accident or liability insurance and cannot earn any advancements. This is the most crucial step in the process.

During the launch of this program, we will be posting information to help our Charter Partners and Cub Scout Packs to adequately serve our entire Scouting Family. If you have questions, please contact your Unit Commissioner, District Executive, or the Scout Service Center. As we grow our Scouting family, we are all ready to help you make this a positive and rewarding experience for all of the youth we serve.