Family Scouting

 

To: Greater Alabama Council Unit Leaders, Chartered Organizations, and Parents.

From:  J.T.Dabbs, III, Scout Executive

Re: Family Scouting program

As you may know, the national board of the Boy Scouts of America decided last year to make available for those chartered organizations, who wanted to offer it, a family scouting option. 

This option would include the following Cub Scout options beginning in June of this year:

· Packs could have girl dens and boy dens, but not coed dens.

· Packs could remain all boy and not serve girls.

· A new all-girl pack could be started.

Beginning in February of 2019 this option would also include an older girl program that models the Boy Scout program:

· A chartered organization that has an existing Boy Scout Troop could offer for girls in the community the same program in a separate troop for girls.  There is no option for girl patrols or boy patrols, only a Troop for boys and a Troop for girls. 

· A linked leadership structure would be available, you would have separate Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters for each troop, but the Committee Chair, Chartered Organization Representative, and committee members would be shared.

It is important to understand that the Chartered Organization, the entity that holds the charter to your unit, (usually a church or community organization) makes the decision on which option to offer.  We suggest that unit leaders begin discussing now with your chartered organization what works best.

Also, the website www.scouting.org/familyscouting has all of the current information and is updated with new information as soon as it is available.

Some key dates to keep in mind:

· June 1, 2018 – New Cub Scout Option for girls will be launched.

· June 1, 2018 – Updated program material available in Scout Shops.

· February 2019 – Program for older girls (Boy Scout Age) will be launched.

Thanks to each of you as you continue to serve the youth of our community.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us.

 

For more information check out our recent Digital Eagle on Family Scouting: Click Here