Family Scouting

After extensive surveys and studies, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer-led board of directors recently unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs, and has posted information about the expanded opportunities for Family Scouting on a new family Scouting page. The family Scouting page provides several resources, including a helpful fact sheet that explains the program levels and a Frequently Asked Questions document.

We're planning now

Cascade Pacific Council will be working over the coming weeks and months on plans to provide the best of Scouting opportunities to all members, including girls and their families. We don't have all the answers yet, but are working to be ready to help girls join units that decide to expand and welcome new girls and new families.

Are you interested?

We are forming an interest list of persons to share information with, and to ask questions of, as our plans develop. We welcome interested persons to join the list, such as:

  • Girls who would like to participate in BSA Scouting programs.
  • Parents who would like to offer BSA Scouting to their daughters.
  • Current Cub Scout leaders who are considering welcoming girls to their pack.
  • Current Boy Scout leaders who would like to explore options for older girls.
  • Others who have interest in welcoming girls to Boy Scouts of America programs.

If you are an interested person, please click the link below to share your information:

(List members will receive an occasional email newsletter of details as they become available, and may receive occasional survey invitations as questions arise among local planning groups)

If you know of other persons who may have interest, please invite them to visit this page and join the list.

Existing programs for girls

Did you know that Boy Scouts of America has had programs for girls for more than 45 years? Exploring, Sea Scouts and Venturing are programs available for girls to join right now

Exploring is a career exploration opportunity for girls and boys ages 14 to 20 in which young people with interest in specific careers such as law enforcement or medicine (and many others) are matched with local businesses and community organizations with expertise in those fields. Young people are able to learn hands-on from experts in their chosen career focus area.

Sea Scouting has a particular emphasis on boating and water-based activities for girls and boys ages 14 to 20. These activities can be on the sea, rivers or lakes. Sea Scouts may sail or cruise on boats, learn navigation, learn how to work on engines and compete in regional events.

Venturing is an exciting adventure-based program for girls and boys age 14 to 20. The Venturing program aims to enable young adults to experience a program of fun, challenge, and adventure; to acquire skills; to become skilled trainers of others; and to prepare for life. The Venturing program emphasizes four main areas - Adventure, Leadership, Personal Growth, and Service. Venturing is an awesome way to meet and join in with others who love to Lead the Adventure.

Want to learn more about these programs?  Contact us at 503.226.3423 or send an email to  

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Family Scouting Fact Sheet Fact Sheet about Family Scouting (PDF; 201K) Download