Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA
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Family Scouting

Serving the Whole Family

 

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. Our priority is to bring the benefits of Scouting to more youth while remaining true to Family Scoutingour mission. We are excited to announce beginning in 2018, our Cub Scout program will be 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 and be better prepared for future success.We will expand Family Scouting to our Boy Scout age (11-17) Program beginning in January 2019.

 

Leadership Training

Every Scout deserves a trained leader. It is especially important as we welcome girls into our programs that ALL LEADERS are trained for their positions and, of course, Youth Protection trained. All leader training courses and YPT are available online at https://my.scouting.org/

 

AND and the best way to ensure great experiences for our Boys and Girls and ensure that we, as leaders, help deliver the Promise of Scouting, is for our leaders to take  THE BEST TRAINING available, Wood Badge. After all, doesn't every youth also deserve a Wood Badge Trained Leader. More information about Wood Badge is here.

 

Timing of Rollout

On December 5, BSA advised all Councils that, based on significant demand from our families, and after consultation with several local councils, the national Cub Scout team, and the National Executive Committee, a "soft launch" option for early adopters will be offered to qualified councils to invite girls to join Cub Scouting starting in January 2018, with the “official” full launch date set for the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 school year.

 

 

Download Family Scouting Early Adopter Application

 

 

On December 21, the Executive Committee of our Council unanimously approved our Council's participation in the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program. This means Packs can begin registering girls in the Cub Scout program starting January 15, 2018. We are asking every Pack that is interested in participating in the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program to complete a two-page application, ASAP, and meet a number of criteria, including:

 

 

Additionally:

 

And...to help the Pack run smoothly, regardless of whether you are considering an application for Early Adoption or plan to participate in the regular kickoff, we recommend each Pack do the following:

 

 

Finally we want ALL youth in the Pack to have the opportunity to complete rank requirements during the 2017-2018 school year. However, girls (and boys) who join the Pack after January 15 will obviously have a relatively shorter time frame in which to complete the requirements. We are therefore asking each Pack to develop a written program plan to ensure that all youth members can complete rank requirements. A written plan is the best way to help Dens meet this objective.

 

Applications may be submitted to your District Key 3 Leaders. Applications should be submitted ASAP, but absolutely no later than March 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for approval. Please direct your questions to Andrea Ulery or Leann Ratner, Council Family Scouting Coordinators, to Jay Lubin, Council Membership Chair, or to Jonathan Glassman:

 

FamilyScouting@ctyankee.org
arulery@gmail.com
leann@theratnerfamily.com
jaylubin@gmail.com
 

 

Fall Recruitment:

Details regarding the Full Launch - Regular Rollout for Fall 2018 for Cub Scouts are still being developed and we hope to have more information by the end of February. You should expect that the Pack's Chartered Organization Representative (or Institution Head) must approve inviting girls into the Pack if they have not already done so as part of the Soft Launch - Early Adopter Program Application. In addition to girls in grades K through 4th, 5th grade girls will also be welcome to the Pack.

 

Boy Scout Age Program (11 through 17):

Girls will be welcome into our older age program starting in January 2019. Because BSA has concluded that its program for ages 11-17 will be single gender, this will be accomplished with separate Girl Troops and Boy Troops. Even with separate troops, all advancement requirements for all youth will be identical, independent of gender. We hope to have more information on this by the end of March.

 

 

* New Member Coordinator

Sustaining strong membership in a unit depends not only on having new members join the unit, but also on engaging youth and their families in the unit experiences so that they feel Welcomed and want to stay. The role of the New Member Coordinator is designed to ensure that BOTH keys to success take place.

 

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