Dear Troop 850 Families & Friends:
I’m sure you all heard something about the recent announcement about the BSA to admit girls. Their official announcement appears below, in case you haven’t seen it. I wanted to clarify a few things for you. First and foremost, this change will not have any direct impact on Troop 850. They are not proposing to have girls join Boy Scout troops. What they are going to do is to roll out a parallel program for girls of Boy Scout age, and it will be up to each sponsoring organization (St. I in our case) to decide whether or not they wish to sponsor a separate girls’ troop (or whatever they choose to call the new units—that hasn’t been determined). It’s probably too early to say what St. Ignatius will choose to do in this regard, but in any case it really won’t affect Troop 850.
At the Cub Scout level, each Pack will have the option of organizing girls-only Dens which will operate separately from the existing boys-only Dens within the Pack. Alternatively, the sponsoring organization may elect to organize a separate girls-only Pack, or to do nothing at all. At this point we don’t know how St. Ignatius or Pack 850 will choose to proceed.
This was all a bit of a surprise to all of us, and was determined at the national level without any local input. Many details remain to be announced. Regardless, we will continue to operate a high-quality Boy Scouting program in Troop 850.
|It is with excitement and hope that I share with you that the BSA’s National Executive Board has unanimously approved welcoming girls into Cub Scouting and delivering a Scouting program for older girls (ages 11 to 18) that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
The historic decision comes after years of receiving requests for such action from across the country, especially from families already in the BSA program with their sons. In coming to this decision, the BSA evaluated the results of numerous research efforts, gaining input from current members and leaders — including all BSA Councils across the country, as well as from parents not involved in Scouting — to understand how to offer families an important additional choice in meeting the character development needs of all their children.
As a chartered organization, you will continue to have the option of selecting those programs that best meet your goals for your youth. For instance, you may decide to have all-boy packs, all-girl packs, or packs with both girl dens and boy dens. As always, your organization will continue to have the ability to select and approve leaders.
We are excited about the opportunity to expand Scouting to deliver the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law to both boys and girls. You are critical in making that a reality and in meeting the needs of today’s youth and families.
Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our communities.
For more information about the expanded opportunities for family Scouting, please visit the family Scouting page, or contact Lee Shaw Jr., Director of National Alliances at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.