Utah National Parks Council, BSA Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously decided to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a Scouting program for older girls that will enable them to advance and earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout. You can read more about this decision, what led the BSA to this point, and what the change will look like here.
In an FAQ about the decision, the BSA explained, “When girls join Cub Scouting in fall 2018, packs may welcome them right away. An existing pack may choose to recruit girls or remain an all-boy pack. When creating a new pack, a chartered organization may form an all-boy pack, an all-girl pack or a pack of girls and boys.” Each chartered organization will decide how or whether to implement these program changes.
The Utah National Parks Council offers a variety of programs from Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to STEM Scouts, Exploring and Venturing. Our chartered partners are in the best position to decide which programs most appropriately meet the needs of their youth. We provide support, training, materials, and venues for our partners to use the programs they choose.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our largest chartered partner, released the following statement through spokesman Eric Hawkins: “The Activity Days and Personal Progress programs of the church have long been in place to meet the needs of girls and young women in these age groups, and no change will be made in church programs. We recognize that the desire of the BSA is to expand their programs to serve more young people in the United States. The church, too, continues to look at ways to serve the needs of our youth worldwide.”
As a council, we continually strive to support the LDS Church in their Scouting programs for boys in Primary and Aaronic Priesthood quorums. We also work closely with local Church leaders to provide resources for their youth.
We are grateful to all our chartered partners as we work together to help the youth in our area.
Contact: John Gailey | Spokesperson, Utah National Parks Council, BSA