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BSA Family Scouting Options beginning in 2018 and 2019


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It is important to understand that the program options described above for both Cub Scouting and Troop level programs are just that- options. 
One of the stronger components of the Boy Scouts of America is its unique relationship with charter sponsoring organizations. Our charter partners have full ownership (and retain decision-making authority and program option selection) of the Scouting units they sponsor.
Also, it is important to note that current and future Scouting families will have the same options and opportunities to select a unit program and charter partner sponsor that best fits their personal needs. 

Beginning in February, 2019 the Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing single-gender, parallel, and equivalent programs at the 11 to 18-year-old troop level. This should not be confused with co-educational high adventure Venturing and Career Exploring programs. Venturing and Exploring will remain co-educational for ages 14 to 21-- as they have been for 20-plus years.  These options are: The current Boy Scout Troop model for boys ages 11 to 18; a parallel (separate) girl program for ages 11 to 18; or sponsoring both (separate) programs within the organization.  Girls participating in the 11 to 18 year-old program will follow the same curriculum and pursue the same rank advancements all the way up to Eagle Scout that Boy Scout Troop members pursue.  

Visit the National Family Scouting Website

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