This year, Cub Scouting is making some big changes. Families can now choose to sign up both their sons and daughters\u00a0for Cub Scouting.\u00a0Because children develop at different paces,\u00a0dens in Cub Scouts will be single gender \u2014 all boys or all girls.\u00a0Cub Scout dens will not be co-ed.\u00a0Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America have\u00a0created a unique model that builds on the benefits of single gender programs\u00a0while providing the same character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls. The Scouting programs that have molded millions of boys into strong and successful leaders are now fully available to girls. The Full Family can now benefit from the Scouting mission and values of citizenship, leadership and service. Using the same respected Scouting curriculum, all youth will be able to earn the\u00a0belt loops, merit badges, and even Eagle Scout rank. This unique approach allows the organization to maintain the integrity of the single-gender model while also meeting the needs of today\u2019s busy families, with\u00a0all of the same character building, outdoor activities and service in the community\u00a0Scouts are known for! To sum it all up: the\u00a0Scouting curriculum is staying exactly the same; Scouting in single gender dens is available for the entire family; and girls will be able\u00a0earn the\u00a0same merit badges, ranks, and even\u00a0Eagle Scout rank as boys have for over 100 years. Our mission is still the same- to prepare every young person to become a strong, brave, loyal, kind and responsible citizen. The values of the Scout Law \u2013 trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent \u2013 are relevant and important for every young man and woman. For more information about Cub Scouting or to register, visit JoinScoutsIN.org.