Scouts BSA All-Girl Troops

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:22:00 PM

Ask Yourselves, Have We Done Everything to Be Prepared? 

The Scouts BSA launch happens February 1, 2019, and with it, girls will be able to join in on the adventure, but leaders and volunteers shouldn’t wait until then to get started! There are leaders to recruit, trainings to complete, and adventures to plan, all before February 1, 2019! 

Let christopher.hogue@scouting.org know if you are forming a new troop so our council onboarding team can help guide you through this exciting process to start your very own Scouts BSA troop for girls. 

The troop will need an official chartered organization and a designated troop committee. The chartered organization may serve both all-boy and all-girl troops with linked troops, which means that the troop committee may be a shared committee for each of the separate all-girl and all-boy troops. 

Regardless of the charter organization and committee arrangements, here are some preparations that every new unit needs to make: 

  • Meeting place – Secure an appropriate meeting place for the all-girl troop and verify its availability.
  • Recruiting – Plan and publicize one or more joining events at that meeting place and bring plenty of youth applications. 
  • Calendar planning – Prepare a preliminary calendar or a few ideas of activities to share with the girls and their parents. 
  • Volunteers – Review the types of activities you will plan to include and offer opportunities for parent involvement in the leadership/support of those activities and bring plenty of adult applications. 

Here are a few other considerations to ensure that your unit is ready: 

  • Training – Are your key adults trained? Find out about upcoming training. There will be a special training opportunity in January at the Florida Sea Base to prepare new leaders.  
  • Leadership – Does the unit have registered, trained female leadership available for all activities for the all-girl troop? 
  • Advancement – The Scouts BSA Handbook will be the appropriate youth reference book, one for girls and one for boys, will be available early 2019. All advancement information will be identical in both publications.

The more we prepare in advance, the quicker everyone will be ready for the great experience the girls will have in their new all-girl troop. 

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Contacts

For more information, contact Chris Hogue Director of Membership Development at 713-756-3325 or christopher.hogue@scouting.org.

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