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Question #7—Can girls join Troop 97?
Short answer: YES! Here's some general background and details:
The Boy Scouts of America has three separate plans for participation by girls, based on the BSA's three program levels:
- Cub Scouts BSA (Kindergarten through grade 5)—The Cub Scout program began admitting girls in 2018, but is not truly coed. Cub Scout packs can choose to be for boys only, girls only, or mixed. All dens in mixed packs must be single-gender. In our area, most packs are already mixed, and it is likely that single-gender packs will soon be a rarity. Separate-gender dens can meet together, so I'm guessing that many such paired dens will largely function as coed dens, including when it's time to visit Scout troops.
- Scouts BSA (from age about 10-1/2 until 18)—Troop-level Scouting began admitting girls on 1 February 2019. Boys and girls in Scouts BSA must be in separate boy-only and girl-only troops. Well, sorta.... When an organization sponsors both a boys' troop and a girls' troop, those two troops are referred to as 'linked'. They will typically both share the same troop number, and usually have a single troop committee directing both troops (which will have separate Scoutmasters and separate youth leadership teams). Most activities can be joint, and my guess is that most linked troops will function more like coed troops than not.
- Sea Scouts BSA & Venturing BSA (alternative options for age about 14 until 21)—These optional programs have been fully coed since 1971, except that female Sea Scouts & Venturers could not earn the Eagle award until 2019.
So what about Troop 97? The girls' side of Troop 97 is chartered and functioning, and all the girls attended BSA summer camp 2019 on a Montana island. We want to grow gradually as the girls learn to plan and lead their own program, and we have openings for several girls in 2020. We need parents who want to be involved with their daughters in Scouting (all adult positions are open to both men & women, but BSA requires at least one registered female adult on any activity involving girls). So if you're interested, contact us to find out our schedule for upcoming meetings and campouts!
Want to visit a meeting or outing? Just email the Scoutmaster, to find out about our upcoming activities!
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