The Boy Scouts of America is NOT changing its name. We will continue to be the Boy Scouts of America and locally, we are the Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America.
“Scout Me In!” is the name of our national marketing campaign. This replaces the “Build an Adventure” marketing campaign. You will see this on membership fliers and advertisements.
Girls can join Cub Scouts - In August 2018, Cub Scout packs will have the opportunity to remain serving boys-only or become a “family pack” which means they will serve girls and boys with dens (the small grade level groups) that are boy-only or girl-only. Newly forming Packs may choose to be girl-only. The decision to become a family pack will be made by the Chartering Organization (church, community group, business) with input from the key pack leadership.
Scouts BSA - In February 2019, Scouts BSA will be the name of the program that is currently called Boy Scouts. Troops forming for youth ages 11-17 may choose to have a membership boys or girls, not both. Nothing changes for our current troops. You will remain a troop that serves only boys. The program and advancements will also stay the same. There will NOT be “family troops.” Research and feedback from families state it is important at this level to have a gender-separated program due to the ongoing personal, social, and emotional development of pre-teens.
A letter and support packet will soon be sent to Chartering Organization Representatives, Committee Chairs, Cubmasters and Scoutmasters. It will explain options and how to prepare your Troop or Pack moving forward if changes are going to occur. It will also have information about forming a Scouts BSA Troop for Girls. Volunteer District Commissioners will be reaching out to follow-up and help guide the Chartering Organizations no matter the option that they choose.