Family Program Training and Support
The best information about the implementation of family scouts (which translates to allowing girls into Cub Scouts and the Scouts BSA program) is on the BSA FAMILY PROGRAM webpage. You will find FAQ sheets which are very helpful.
BSA FAMILY PROGRAM WEBPAGE LINK
Here are two other resources for you.
Cub Scout Family Scouting Guide
Uniform Discount - 25% off on Cub Scout top and bottom when purchased together.
Food for Thought
If you are a Boy Scout leader worried about working with girls, or perhaps a Girl Scout leader joining a Pack wondering what you need to do to work with boys, you might find this post from the American Psychological Association (APA) titled "Think Again: Men and Women Share Cognitive Skills" to be very interesting. The Scouts who I talk with (many of them Venture Scouts, so they are used to a mixed gender program already) tell me that having girls and boys together earlier is long overdue. Not only do they think gender differences are much overrated, but they also think providing more opportunity to collaborate will help them work together better as adults. Science is increasingly backing them up on this point of view. Studies are showing that differences between genders in cognitive development is minimal and mostly due to societal expections. Males and females may approach things a bit differently, but that diversity of approach is found within genders already so being a leader is not about having a style for girls and a style for boys, but helping each Scout find their potential and work with others of diverse ability. Whether a Scout powers up the rock wall using their arms, or finesses up the wall with route planning and their legs, they will need a leader to give them the chance to climb the wall and whoever is on the ground belaying (holding the rope) needs to have the skills and leadership to keep their buddy safe. Gender doesn't much matter there and neither does what you need to do to be a good Scout Leader.
MVD Training Chair
Family Program Support
Fill out the form on this webpage if you want to:
Mountain Valley District Scout Office
Bozeman, MT 59718
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.
1st Thursday each Month
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Check the MVD Calendar
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