This BP Pointer from “The BP 2019 List” (or: ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019) is about making sure you’ve thought about youth in local Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships joining your Scouts BSA troop.
Just like adult leaders can have “multiple” membership (registration in “multiple” units, like two troops or a pack, troop and crew), age-eligible youth can be registered for free (no BSA registration fee) in your Scouts BSA troop if they have a paid registration in a Venturing Crew or a Sea Scout Ship. Now, if they are 18 or older, they can’t be Scouts in your Scouts BSA troop, but … they might be adult leaders.
Why might they join your Scouts BSA troop of girls?
- For some, maybe they are glad that there is finally a program that will allow them to earn the Eagle Scout rank, and they want to get on that trail to become Eagle Scouts.
- For some, maybe they welcome the chance to work with younger Scouts, and serve in key roles like Senior Patrol Leader or other troop roles to mentor brand new and younger Scouts.
- For some, maybe they will want to be “multiple” to recruit Scouts from the Scouts BSA troop(s) into the crew or ship. And maybe do some joint activities with older Scouts in your troop(s).
And it’s not just girls – it is possible that some boys in a crew or ship might join your troop of boys to help guide your Scouts BSA troop of boys if they are going to be doing joint activities with your troop of girls.
- After all, a young man who is in a crew may have more insight into planning activities with female Scouts than your current male Scouts.
And it’s not just youth – it is possible that some adult advisors in crews or ships would be willing to help out your new troop of girls, and they will be a valuable resource since they have worked with both young men and young women in their Scouting programs.