This BP Pointer from “The BP 2019 List” (or: ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019) is another about how to build consensus in your community about a Scouts BSA troop of girls at a Chartered Organization – because other parties may have concerns or interest about the launch of a troop of girls, including the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA).
Some leaders of these other programs might be concerned that the existence of Scouts BSA troops for girls will threaten or diminish their programs for youth or confuse the public. Addressing this with leaders of other youth programs that serve your community and discussing concerns about the change can create some great opportunities – for understanding our respective programs and what they offer youth, and for identifying how we can be supportive of what other programs do for youth.
The Boy Scouts of America applauds the work of all youth-serving organizations that serve our nation’s youth and is committed to respecting the organization’s rights and programs, including the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA).
Bottom line: we want to be sure other leaders in other programs understand why Scouts BSA is now welcoming girls in all program levels, and that we’re trying to “serve the whole family” and have more families “do Scouting”.
And we don’t want to confuse the public at all.
For more, see the points on these slides about “Brand Guidance” or how to talk about the BSA and other programs given litigation with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA).