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To:       North Florida Council, BSA Scouting Community 

Fr:       Jack L. Sears, Jr.- Scout Executive/CEO 

Dt:       May 18, 2018 

Re:      Please share to insure wide distribution of correct information
 

The media gets it wrong again!  Recent news and posts on social media indicates that the Boy Scouts of America has changed its name and that Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting is now co-ed.  That is not the case.  In light of misinformation, misunderstanding and confusion, I am reaching out with accurate information. 

Thanks for all that you do and continue to do for young people. If you or anyone else has questions regarding the recent news please don’t hesitate to contact Jack Sears at jack.sears@scouting.org / 904.265.3800 

  • No Organizational Name Change- Despite what you may have heard on local & national news as well as social media, we are still and will continue to be the Boy Scouts of America.  
  • Cub Scouting is not Co-Ed -  Beginning June 1, 2018 the structure of the elementary school age Cub Scout program, will have the options for all boy Packs, all girl Packs or Family Packs with all boy Dens and all girl Dens.  The structure change is being offered to meet the requests of parents who wish to involve their full family in the Cub Scout Program.  More than 50% of Cub Scout Packs throughout North Florida have signaled an interest to structure their program to serve full families.  More than 25% of the remaining Cub Scout Packs in our Council continue to consider their program structure. North Florida Council, BSA Cub Scout Packs are invited to begin fall Sign Up Night preparations now by reviewing the resources available at  www.nfcscouting.org/signupnight.   
  • Boy Scouting is not Co-Ed - Beginning February 1, 2019  the "Boy Scout" program for youth ages 11-17 - will be called "Scouts BSA."   This is a program name that has been used before.  The structure of the program design within Scouts BSA will be separate single-gender Boy Troops and single-gender Girl Troops.  Not co-ed.   Each Troop must have its own unique Scout Leaders (Scoutmaster and Assistants).  There is an option for Chartered Organizations to share Troop Committees- but not Scout Leaders.
  • Venturing, Sea Scouts, Exploring and Learning for Life have no changes.  These programs have been co-ed for teenagers youth ages (14-20) for years. 
  • The Scout Oath and Law has not changed - Our traditional values, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law have not changed. 
  • What is changing - The Boy Scouts of America is now offering its age appropriate character building, citizenship training and physical fitness programs to more youth.  We are providing additional and more options for families to consider as they look for character development and leadership training programs for their children.

There are many outstanding and worthwhile program options that parents and families have today for their children. Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, American Heritage Girls, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., organized sports teams and many faith-based and school-based programs. In announcing these program changes, the Boy Scouts of America is now adding additional options and opportunities for families to consider for their children. 

For complete and additional information please visit www.scouting.org/family.

Thank you for what you do for the youth of America through the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jack L. Sears, Jr.
Scout Executive/CEO



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