This BP Pointer from “The BP 2019 List” (or: ways to Be Prepared for Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019) is about what girls can do with a troop before their Scouts BSA troop for girls officially starts on or after February 1, 2019.
Basically, girls visiting your current troop of boys can do anything with your troop that you might let a boy do who is “thinking about” joining – but be sure to follow the Youth Protection rule that a registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth.
Whether or not your Chartered Organization will charter a “sister” troop, you may have girls contact your troop, and you may have girls visit your troop activities as they consider joining Scouts BSA. Here’s some things in mind as girls and their families contact you:
It’s a lot like Arrow of Light Girls doing a Troop Visit or Outdoor Activity. You can let girls visit your troop, just like you always do with boys! And if you plan to stand up a new troop of girls, use the visits as a time to recruit new leaders from the families of Arrow of Light girls.
Can Girls Camp with You? Yes they can, just like you already do with boys – but be sure to follow the Youth Protection rule that a registered female adult leader over 21 must be present for any activity involving female youth. Some troops will insist it be a registered female from the pack, to be more familiar with the girls, but it could be a female troop leader. It’s a good planning practice to do “soft recruiting” (so you can plan how many girls are likely to join 2/1/19), and, if your Patrol Leaders Council invites them, perfectly fine for those interested in joining to attend events as visitors at troop meetings and campouts and other events. They can even receive instruction in Scout skills.
What About Insurance?!? Visitors, including girls, are covered “while attending scheduled activities for the purpose of becoming registered Leaders and Scouts”, says Atlanta Area Council ACE Policy Number PTP N00327402. And this is confirmed in a September 22, 2018 message authorized by Wendy Shaw, Membership Growth Group Director, entitled “Scouts BSA Prior to 2/1/2019: Insurance and Permitted Activities”, which confirms that this “has been communicated to councils” that “non-Scouts and non-Scouters are provided Accident & Sickness Insurance but only while attending scheduled activities for the purpose of becoming registered Leaders and Scouts”. This is also confirmed through the National Risk Management Team.
And even if you’re not going to have a “sister” troop, we hope you’ll be helpful to girls interested in Scouting – even if you’re referring them to another Chartered Organization’s troop. After all, “A Scout is friendly. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts.” And that includes being a brother to girls interested in Scouts BSA.
For more on starting a Troop, see this District resource page.