A Message from Scout Executive Ethan Draddy
As a valued member of the Greater New York Councils, we would like to inform you of some changes coming to our organization in 2018. As you may know, the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America recently made a unanimous decision to welcome girls to our iconic programs, based on feedback from our community and an understanding that the character and leadership qualities our programs develop grounded in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are as relevant and helpful for girls as they have been for boys. It is important to note that the BSA did not decide to make the Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs co-ed; instead, BSA has introduced a unique model that builds on the benefits of a single-gender program while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls.

The Cub Scout program will now offer three options; all boy packs, all girl packs and packs with boys and girls with single gender dens. Our packs are currently in the process of evaluating which structure would best serve their youth. As early as January 15 th 2018 girls from k-4 th grade can begin to register for our Cub Scout program. In January 2019, we will launch girl troops. Unlike the Cub Scout program, we will not be offering the option to join a troop with girls and boys – instead girls will join girl only troops and boys will continue to join boy only troops.

While we will have a change in our membership, we will not change our program. The Cub Scout and Boy Scout program will continue unchanged.

This is an exciting time for our organization. We know BSA will change and grow, but through the process our core mission and values will stay the same. I would like to welcome you to join the discussion and get involved!
Yours in Scouting,
Greater New York Councils