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The Golden Empire Council BSA
is for the entire family!

 

BSA Mission & Vision Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Key Dates for Family Scouting:

*NOW*

Girls Kindergarten to 11 eligible to join Cub Scouts in girl-only Dens with 'OK' from chartered partner

Feb. 1, 2019

Girls 11 thru 18 eligible to join new girl-only Scouts BSA Troops with 'OK' from chartered partner

 
***NEW***A BSA Today series video from Heart of America Council on...
...welcoming girls into Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA ***NEW***
 

 

Included Here:

  1. Mission & Vision already had room for ‘more’ girls
  2. Co-Ed?
  3. BSA Chief on welcoming ‘more’ Girls into programs.
  4. Almost 50 years of girls in the Golden Empire Council
  5. Golden Empire Council is an ‘Early Adopter’.
  6. Family Scouting Links
  7. World Organization of the Scout Movement
  8. Articles, Videos and Resources
  9. FAQ’s

Co-Ed?

The BSA did not decide to make the Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA 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 oppor-tunities for both boys and girls.

BSA Chief answers your
questions about welcoming
girls into BSA programs

(Embedded YouTube video)

Almost 50 years of Girls in the Golden Empire Council?

 

In 1969, the BSA started the Explorer Division allowing young women 14 to 20 years old to participate.  Then in 1998, that program re-organized and split into today’s Exploring programs that are primarily career-oriented and the more adventurous Venturing program for young women and men who are 14 to 21 years old.

Today there are over 300 young women in Golden Empire’s Exploring and Venturing units not to mention hundreds of adult women in virtually every leadership role from local volunteers to council board and staff members.

After the BSA Board of Directors’ historic decision to welcome girls into Scouting, many in the Scouting community had just one question: When can my daughter sign up?

Other Scouters had more specific questions about the reasons for the move, implementation and rollout plan. On Oct. 30, I asked Scouters to submit their questions for BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. By the time we recorded the video last week, we had received more than 400 questions.

I read each one, organized them by topic and took a representative sample of 22 questions directly to our Chief. He spoke openly and candidly for nearly 30 minutes.

For the best experience, watch the complete video of our discussion below. But if you’re short on time, scroll for a question-by-question breakdown. I’ve included the video timestamp so you can jump directly to the answers that most interest you.

GOLDEN EMPIRE IS AN EARLY ADOPTER

Our council is known for its success in building the ranks of Cub scouts and it’s been true for a long time that many Cub Scout Packs make provisions for families and often the sisters of Cubs too!  So, it's not surprising that several 'Early Adopter' Cub Packs have already begun to sign-up girls.  Starting last June (2018) All packs council-wide may add Cub dens for girls, or new all-girl Cub Packs can be registered with approval of local chartered partners and pack leaders.
 

 

Visit the FAMILY SCOUTING web-page with links to:

(And more…)

 

ARTICLES, VIDEOS & RESOURCES

07-30-2018

BSA Today videos from Heart of America Council on welcoming girls into Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA
At: https://youtu.be/7qHFBO3a_nY

05-04-2018

Vacaville Reporter Scouting For All (with many pictures)
At: http://www.thereporter.com/20180505/vacaville-cub-scout-pack-takes-lead-on-including-girls 

05-03-2018

ScoutingWire.Org BSA’s Organization Name Not Changing, and Other Facts to Know and Share
At: https://scoutingwire.org/the-boy-scouts-of-america-organization-name-is-not-changing-and-other-facts-to-set-the-record-straight/?tr=y&auid=17566620#

05-02-2018

The BSA Launches Historic 'Scout Me In' Campaign Inviting Girls and Boys to Experience Adventures Through a Cub Scout’s Point of View.  ['Scouts BSA' unveiled as the Name of the Program for Older Boys and Girls to Ensure All Youth Are Welcome and can see Themselves in Scouting.]
At: https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/scout-me-in/

04-24-2018

ScoutingWire.Org Thousands of Girls Are Joining Cub Scouts
At: https://scoutingwire.org/thousands-girls-joining-cub-scouts/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer4252018&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

04-16-2018

Scouting Magazine Here’s when and how you can start welcoming girls into Cub Scouting
At: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/04/16/heres-when-and-how-you-can-start-welcoming-girls-into-your-cub-scout-pack/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swemployee4182018&utm_medium=email&utm_content

02-04-2018

CBS Sunday Morning Boy Scouts of America: Girls now admitted
At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=Kctx5hx1Wmc

02-03-2018

Family Program for Unit Leadership V3
At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3pMSLOKZKQ

02-01-2018

Press Tribune Letter to the Editor: Girls in the Boy Scouts - evolutionary, not revolutionary
At: http://www.thepresstribune.com/article/2/01/18/letter-editor-girls-boy-scouts-evolutionary-not-revolutionary

 

01-30-2018

CBS 13 Girls Signing Up By The Hundreds In Northern California To Become Boy Scouts
At: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/01/30/boy-scouts-girls-northern-california/

01-30-2018

The Pathway to Our Decision to Serve Boys and Girls in Scouting
At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeBhghnsPOY

Jan/Feb 2018

Scouting Magazine BSA Invites Girls into Scouting Programs
At: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2017/12/bsa-invites-girls/

11-21-2017

Scouting Magazine BSA Chief answers your questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs
At:  https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/11/21/bsa-chief-answers-your-questions-about-welcoming-girls-into-bsa-programs/

11-07-2017

CNN Why the Boy Scouts are for girls now, too (video)
At: https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/07/opinions/girls-boy-scouts-surbaugh-opinion/index.html

10-12-2017

CNN Mike Surbaugh speaks on Boy Scouts to Allow Girls to Join (video)
At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdm4PBAFyoU&feature=youtu.be

10-11-2017

The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout 
At: https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/press-releases/bsa-expands-programs-welcome-girls-cub-scouts-highest-rank-eagle-scout/

10-11-2017

Scouting Magazine BSA to welcome girls into Scouting Programs- here’s what that means for your pack or troop.
At: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/10/11/bsa-welcomes-girls/

05-04-2017

NBC News Boy Scout Leaders to Discuss Offering More Opportunities for Girls
At: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boy-scout-leaders-discuss-offering-more-opportunities-girls-n754541

08-26-2016

The Voice of Scouting Chief Scout Executive Asks Us to Serve the Entire Family
At: https://voiceofscouting.org/chief-scout-executive-asks-us-serve-entire-family

Fact Sheet - The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout  At: https://www.nccs-bsa.org/images/pdf/familyscouting/BSA_Family-Entry-Fact-Sheet-1.pdf   

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Family Scouting publicity release (PDF)
  • Early adopter program talking points (PDF)
  • Early adopter soft launch program overview (PDF)
  • Family Scouting Infographic with Pack and Troop Structures (PDF)
  • Family Scouting Timeline (PDF)
  • Message from the National Key 3 (PDF)

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World Organization
of the Scout Movement

(At: https://www.scout.org/ )

 

Around the world 162 national Scout organizations belong to this association.  A large majority of member countries have offered programs for both boys and girls for many years.

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

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Sacramento, CA 95815

phone: (916) 929-1417

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 5:00pm (M-F)
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phone: (916) 649-1800

Hours of Operation:
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phone: (530) 809-0400

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