Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth

while remaining true to our mission.

Please visit the National site for Family Scouting: https://www.scouting.org/familyscouting/

Help us tell the story by downloading these national assets and by visiting the Brand Center website for Family Scouting marketing collateral, such as posters, logos. social media posts and more: https://scouting.webdamdb.com/bp/#/folder/3963777/ 


The 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. We are excited to announce that our Cub Scouting program is now open to boys and girls. 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. This webpage is designed to serve as the single point of information on Scouting for the whole family. Choose the program below to see the latest resources and updates. If you have any further questions, please email us at family.scouting@scouting.org.


Frequently Asked Questions in Five Rivers Council

1.      When can we start registering girls in Cub Scouts? Can I start now?

BSA will begin accepting girls into Cub Scouts beginning in the fall of 2018. So, you cannot begin registering young ladies in the current recharter cycle and you cannot recruit them in June.

2.      When will girls be able to join Boy Scouts?

The exact timetable for when girls can officially join Boy Scouts has not been determined yet.  The measure approved by the National BSA Board calls for program to be announced in 2018 and projected to be available in 2019.  At this time, we do not have any other information about the timing of the rollout for this program.  As additional details become available we will share them. 

3.      How can I get more information about the changes?

The best place to get the most current information will be at the Family Scouting page.You can also talk to your District Professional.  We will update the information on this website as soon as it becomes available to us from the National Office.  Please do not automatically accept information from other sources.

4.      How will Youth Protection be addressed?

When a Scouting activity includes both boys and girls, there must be both female and male leaders present. At least one of those leaders must be registered as an adult member of the BSA.

5.      Will Boys and Girls be allowed to stay in the same tents?

No. We have very specific rules regarding this in National Youth Protection Training and in the Guide to Safe Scouting.

6.      How will the Council deal with showering at camp?

No changes need to be made whatsoever.  Both Camp Gorton & Camp Brule already have individual locking rooms for showers. 

7.      How will this change the way the Scouting program is delivered and the experience that my child will have?

There will be no change to the program being delivered to our members.  By including young ladies and their families in the Scouting program we will expand the number of people and communities that Scouting reaches.  We believe that everyone will benefit from this!

For additional information on the decision to expand the Scouting program to additional families please watch the linked video from Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh

special thanks to Corning Incorporated and its employees for generations of support to Scouting

special thanks to the Corning Foundation for its continued support of Scouting through the Employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers Programs 


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