Today also marks the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America
The Daniel Boone Council, BSA is excited to welcome the first girls as Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina. Five girls joined Pack 26 which is sponsored by Avery’s Creek United Methodist Church. Asa Smith, the six year old daughter of Melissa and David Smith of Avery’s Creek, was the first young lady to join Cub Scouts in Western North Carolina. Her parents are also leaders in the Pack.
Families today are busier and more diverse than ever. Most are dual-earners and there are more single-parent households than ever before making convenient programs that serve the whole family more appealing. Recent surveys of parents not involved with Scouting showed high interest in getting their daughters signed up for programs like Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, with 90 percent expressing interest in a program like Cub Scouts and 87 percent expressing interest in a program like Boy Scouts. Education experts also evaluated the Scouting curriculum and content and confirmed relevancy of the program for young women.
“The BSA’s record of producing leaders with high character and integrity is amazing” said Randall Stephenson, BSA’s national board chairman. “I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization. It is time to make these outstanding leadership development programs available to girls.”
Although known for its iconic programs for boys, the Boy Scouts of America has offered co-ed programs since 1971 through its Exploring and the Venturing programs, and a new STEM Scout pilot program. Today, on the 108th anniversary of Scouting in America, we are excited to announce this expansion to the Cub Scout program.
About the Daniel Boone Council, BSA
The Daniel Boone Council, BSA provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®”. The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 4,000 youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 1,000 volunteers. The Council service area covers fourteen counties in Western North Carolina, including Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey. For more information on the Daniel Boone Council, BSA, please visit www.DanielBooneCouncil.org