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BSA’s mission 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 Scout Law. BSA’s and our council’s priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to our mission.  In 2018, our Cub Scouts programs will be open to boys and girls for those chartered organizations that choose to incorporate them into their support for Scouting.  By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises and be better prepared for future success.

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Preparing Our Council for Family Scouting in 2018

The council executive board has established a special Family Scouting Committee, chaired by Dale Ward, Council Program Vice President, that is charged with helping the council, districts and units to prepare for the implementation of Family Scouting at the beginning of the 2018-2019 Scouting program year this fall.  The committee will be working directly with the council committees, districts and units to provide useful information and to help bring needed resources to the units that wish to start all-girl dens in their Packs.  The committee will also be collecting lessons learned and best practices from the early adopters to help smooth the transition in the fall.  Committee members:  Christina Zinn (Cub Scout Pow Wow Chair), Cynthia Lesch (Cubmaster Pack 67), Rick McIlrath (Cub Scout member-at-large), Byron McPherson (COR), Bill Boudouris (Council Membership Vice President) and Dale Ward.  You can contact Dale at dale@daleward.com or 757-606-0604.

Early Adopter Program Opportunity

After receiving an overwhelming demand from chartered partners, Cub Scout pack leaders and local councils already prepared to provide the Cub Scout program to girls, the Boy Scouts of America is allowing an early adopter program that participating councils can extend to chartered partners.  Although Family Scouting programs will officially launch to welcome both boys and girls in Cub Scouting during the 2018-19 program year, the “soft launch” for early adopters will allow eligible packs in Tidewater Council to officially register girls (K-4) in Cub Scouts.  Several key elements required for participation are:

  1. Agreement by the chartered organization (in consultation with the Cub Scout pack leadership) to participate and
  2. Concurrence by the council that the pack is ready and prepared to implement the program.
  3. To ensure success, units should have the minimum of 4 girls and 2 new leaders in place by February 15th.  If unable to do so, the unit should consider preparing for the fall launch instead.

The Tidewater Council Family Scouting Committee and respective District Executives will work with any unit that desires to participate to determine eligibility and to receive assurance from the chartered organization that it supports participation in the early adopter program.  Additional requirements and information are in the references below.

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