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4802 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA, 98405

253-682-2217

Scout Me In & Scouts BSA

An Exciting Time to be in Scouts!

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Scouters and Scouting Families,

The National BSA organization on Tuesday night our time, announced that the older youth program of the BSA, the Boy Scouts, will be called Scouts BSA, starting in February 2019. The Boy Scouts of America will remain the umbrella organization. The new name reflects the growing popularity of Family Scouting in this country which is underscored by the enormous number of boys and girls signing up under our Early Adopter Program.

You’ll be pleased to know that the Pacific Harbors Council is one of the leaders in signing young people up for Cub Scouts. This is an exciting change in our history and an exciting change for all of Scouting across the Pacific Northwest.

You can read the National Press Release by clicking here.

There are additional documents that are related to this announcement. Click here.

With this growth in membership come new challenges. More than ever, we will need our young people to step up and welcome the new members and provide a safe and supportive environment for learning as well as having fun. Additionally, we will need more adults to help us bring these new Scouts into our culture and our way of doing things…some of which will change, some of which will not. The changes you’ll see are aimed at helping co-ed groups as well as boys and girls separately grow together to embrace the timeless values we all share.

Much thought and research has gone into this name change. Along with it, you’ll be seeing a public campaign called “Scout Me In.” It talks about all the things we do to make life better in the communities we live, by being role models living the Scout Oath and Law every day. We will also be out there with “Scout Me In” by telling about all the good works all of you do to move our Scouts forward. More to come on this.

This being spring time, most of you are preparing to go on vacation. Over the course of the next few months, we will have new marketing materials and signage to help support your recruiting and fundraising needs in the fall. And of course, please help us out by volunteering to staff our booth at the Washington State Fair. This will be a wonderful high-traffic venue to help answer peoples’ questions about Scouting and how they might go about signing up or investing in our young people.

More information will be forthcoming on our Council web site and in coming Council communications. We will most likely be in the news today and in the days following. Help spread the good news!

Thank you for everything you do to make us one of the terrific organizations in the Scouting World and help me welcome all the new faces we will be seeing on board.

Yours in Scouting,

Ralph Voelker
Council Executive