The BP 2019 List:  Ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019

Here’s what’s on this BP (Be Prepared) 2019 Blog (click for the links below, or look in the categories above):

Overview of Ideas to Prepare for Scouts BSA Troops of Girls (also set out below), followed by these Categories:

Overview of Ideas to Prepare for Scouts BSA Troops of Girls

Starting February 1, 2019, girls aged 11 (or 10 with Arrow of Light) through 17 can join Scouts BSA troops of girls.  Effective on that date, the BSA program for older youth will be named Scouts BSA to represent the new, inclusive program for older sbsa cookingScouts that the Boy Scouts of America is proud to offer.  Scouts BSA is the same iconic program with a name that welcomes young men and women to the adventure of Scouting.  The BSA will continue to build the future of Scouting with Scouts BSA, as we deliver character and leadership, and offer a path to the rank of Eagle Scout for both boys and girls.

This note is the first of a series of “Be Prepared” ideas that the Atlanta Area Council Family Scouting Committee marketing team is rolling out in January 2019 to help you prepare for the launch of Scouts BSA troops of girls – this is provided whether you’ve already decided to help with a new troop, or whether you’ve decided to stick with only a troop of boys, or whether you’ve not yet decided or haven’t even begun to think of the options available.

First, a summary of the change – the “Who, What, When, Where, Why” of Scouts BSA.

Who is involved in the change?  Primarily girls aged 11 (or 10 with Arrow of Light) through 17 can join Scouts BSA troops of girls, plus their families who will enjoy sbsa canoe grouptheir participation in Scouting.  Key to the process will be registered leaders of those troops – both adults who step up to be registered leaders for the first time, and current leaders who add to their existing roles by assisting new troops of girls.  Scouts in troops of boys will see changes too – in some cases just because the new troop of girls is chartered by the same chartered organization and the two troops operate with some level of coordination and joint activity, and in other cases because troops of boys and their leaders will see female scouts from troops of girls at summer camp, camp-o-rees, and other events.

What is the change?  Girls aged 11 (or 10 with Arrow of Light) through 17 can join Scouts BSA troops of girls – if Chartered Organizations establish troops for those girls (they don’t have to).  What has been known as the “Boy Scouting” program will be known as Scouts BSA (but the overall organization name “Boy Scouts of America” tying shoecontinues).  Troops in Scouts BSA will be either all boy or all girl, with separate youth leadership.  This builds on the 2018 change in Cub Scouting when packs could elect to have dens of girls and Chartered Organizations could establish packs solely of girls.  (Of course, Venturing and Sea Scouts have included girls for decades in fully coed Scouting programs for youth age 14, or 13 and completed eighth grade, to age 21.)

When is the change?  Scouts BSA troops of girls can become officially chartered, with youth officially registered, on or after February 1, 2019.  But to do that on day one, there is a lot of preparation work that can and should be done – that’s the paddleboardreason for these BP Pointers (Be Prepared).

Where is the change?  Scouts BSA troops of girls can be established anywhere in the United States, whether through existing Chartered Organizations that have troops, packs, crews or ships, or through new Chartered Organizations.  But existing Chartered Organizations are not required to establish a Scouts BSA troops of girls, just as they are not required to establish every type of BSA unit available.  A BSA charter for one or more Scouting units authorizes the organization to make use of the Scouting program as a part of its total program, under leadership the organization has selected, for all youth who want to join and who satisfy joining criteria.

welcome campsiteWhy is the change made?  Two primary reasons:  First, people like the program!  In a recent survey of parents not involved with Scouting, 87% were interested in a program like Boy Scouts for their daughters.  Second, families want convenience for family activity.  Families today are busier than ever and with less free time, families want convenience.  BSA research shows that BSA programs are extremely appealing to today’s busy families.

horseplayMore about the Who, What, When, Where, Why – and How – of Scouts BSA will follow in the BP 2019 List as a Countdown of ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019 (or when you decide to launch a Scouts BSA troop of girls).  See posts here and to follow, and on this page (and the pages that open under it) for past and upcoming items in the BP 2019 List (and for upcoming items that are not complete, shoot your comments to this Family Scouting email, as that might result in updates and clarifications).  More about what troop leaders might want to know about family scouting and girls is found on this District page of Scouts BSA resources and ideas.

 

 

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