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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.

Included Here:

  1. BSA 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’.  We’ve ‘signed-up’ enabling girls to become cubs early in 2018
  6. Family Scouting Links
  7. World Organization
    of the Scout Movement
  8. Articles and Resources
  9. FAQ’s


The BSA did not decide to make the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs co-ed; instead, the organ-ization 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.


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.




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, we expect that many Cub Packs will decide very quickly to add Dens for girls and we’re ready and anxious to support them.

"Early Adopter" Application (PDF)


Visit the FAMILY SCOUTING web-page with links to:

(And more…)





CBS Sunday Morning Boy Scouts of America: Girls now admitted  at:


Family Program for Unit Leadership V3 at:                                                                                 


Press Tribune Letter to the Editor: Girls in the Boy Scouts - evolutionary, not revolutionary




CBS 13  Girls Signing Up By The Hundreds In Northern California To Become Boy Scouts



The Pathway to Our Decision to Serve Boys and Girls in Scouting


Jan/Feb 2018  “BSA Invites Girls into Scouting Programs” (Scouting MagazineAt:                                                       
11-21-17 BSA Chief answers your questions about welcoming girls into BSA programs (Scouting Magazine)                   At:


Why the Boy Scouts are for girls now, too (CNN video)                                                         At:


Mike Surbaugh speaks on Boy Scouts to Allow Girls to Join (CNN video)



The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout  At:

10-11-17  BSA to welcome girls into Scouting Programs- here’s what that means for your pack or troop. (Scouting MagazineAt
05-04-17 Boy Scout Leaders to Discuss Offering More Opportunities for Girls (NBC News At
08-26-16   Chief Scout Executive Asks Us to Serve the Entire Family (The Voice of ScoutingAt


Other Resources:

Fact Sheet - The BSA Expands Programs to Welcome Girls from Cub Scouts to Highest Rank of Eagle Scout



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World Organization
of the Scout Movement

(At: )


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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