In the later part of 2017, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America made a unanimous decision to welcome girls to it’s iconic programs, based on feedback from our community and an understanding that the character and leadership qualities our programs develop founded in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are as relevant and helpful for girls as they have been for boys.
It is important to know that the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America did not decide to make the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs co-ed; instead, the organization has introduced a unique model that builds on the benefits of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. Starting in the Fall of 2018, the Mohegan Council will be inviting it’s chartered partner organizations to choose if they would like to maintain an All-Boy Pack, start an All-Girl Pack, or move forward with their current Pack as a Family Pack; consisting of Boy Dens and Girl Dens. Genders in these programs are never inter-twinned.
An Early-Adopter program is being offered to limited units whose Institution Head attend a special informational meeting on January 16, 2018 – with potential for Girl registration as early as the 17th should all requirements be met.
It is also important to know that this does not relate to the Boy Scouting program what-so-ever. The Boy Scouts of America has for many years offered programs for girls and young woman, and in 2019 will be offering a new program for older girls, similar to Boy Scouting.
We have made resources, materials, and links available at on the Council Website where you will find several helpful and useful tools and references as you begin to have these conversations as a Unit. For those not participating in the Early Adopter Program, we recommend that you take time as a Unit to discuss how best to serve the families of your Unit.
Please know that our goal is to reach as many youth as possible because, like you, we believe in the mission of Scouting. We know our program works and we want youth of both genders to have access to our life-changing program. Change is never easy, but our hope is that this new inclusion will only enhance our historic and impactful program, and keep us doing more Scouting in Central Massachusetts.
Yours in Scouting,
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