With respect to Ryan Seacrest, the biggest countdown on the horizon happens exactly one month after New Year’s.
On Feb. 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America launches Scouts BSA.
It’s the same great program we currently call Boy Scouts, but it’ll be open to any young person — boy or girl — ages 11 to 17.
Volunteers, parents and young people have been preparing for Scouts BSA for months. At informal get-togethers across the country, families have formed a plan to start a Scouts BSA girl troop as soon as possible.
(Reminder: There will be separate Scouts BSA troops for girls and boys. Some units may choose to form a linked troop — separate boy and girl troops that share a chartered organization and troop committee.)
Sensing the excitement, the BSA has released a number of great resources to help you Be Prepared for Scouts BSA. Here they are, organized in a handy bulleted list.
Essential Scouts BSA resources, available now
- Review the infographic that includes a timeline and explanation of troop structure [PDF].
- Read through all of these FAQs [PDF] and the other key information on scouting.org/familyscouting.
- Check out the Scouts BSA Launch Plan [PPT].
- Download informational assets on the benefits of Scouts BSA to share with chartered organizations.
- Learn how to recruit great leaders.
- Access all of the Scouts BSA recruiting assets, including photos and social media images, in the BSA Brand Center.
- Understand the right way to talk about Scouts BSA.
- Direct youth and adults who are interested in learning more to scouting.org/scoutsbsa.
- Host information nights and start working on a Webelos transition plan.
- Work with your council registrar using the instructions for displaying for Scouts BSA “coming soon” unit pins [PDF] on BeAScout.org.
What questions do you still have?
That’s a ton of great resources right there, and it represents the BSA’s commitment to help you Be Prepared.
But if you still have questions, I want to help.
Tell me in the comments what additional information you need to help your local Scouts BSA launch and recruiting efforts.
Please be as specific as possible, because I’ll use your questions to develop additional blog posts to help you in the weeks and months ahead.