Pack 160 Welcomes Girls To Cub Scouting
Lexington Cub Scout Pack 160 has announced that it will open its membership to girls as well as boys starting in the fall of 2018. This follows the announcement last October that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will welcome girls at all levels starting in 2019.
Founded in 1910, the BSA program is one of the largest youth programs in the world, with nearly 2.3 million youth members and almost 1 million adult volunteers. “Kids and families today have more and more choices,” said Pack 160 co-Cubmaster Bruce Kaser. “This change reinforces our core values that the Scout program is welcoming, inclusive and foundational for both young men and women. We’re happy that girls now have the opportunity to officially take part in the Cub Scout program as one of the many options available to them.”
“Scouting has been an important part of so many lives,” added co-Cubmaster David Manuel. “Starting this fall, we’re looking forward to extending all of our Pack activities to include girls as well as boys.”
Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the BSA has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through Exploring and the Venturing program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. The STEM Scout pilot program is also available to both boys and girls. The Cub Scouts program serves youth aged 5-10.
The BSA has established a number of guidelines to help the Cub Scout transition. While the overall Pack will include boys and girls, each den will remain single-gender. Dens are typically 8-10 children of the same age who meet as a group to work on age-appropriate activities.
Cub Pack 160 serves the Bowman, Fiske, Bridge, Montessori and Waldorf school districts and meets as a Pack once a month at St Brigid’s Church.