The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent value-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides several programs for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.
Cub Scouts BSA is the program designed for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 years old. When you’re a kid, fun comes first. Final exams, driver’s ed and summer jobs will arrive soon enough. Cub Scouting lets kids have fun while teaching them skills that will help them later on. From the thrill of shooting an arrow to learning how to transform a block of wood into a race car, Cub Scouting is one adventure after another. With a program expertly tailored to match each age in a young person’s life, Cub Scouts learn that even when fun isn’t easy, it’s always an adventure. In Scouting, everything has a purpose. And it shows kids that doing their best is the most fun of all.
Scouts BSA is a program for young men and women ages 11 to 17 years of age. With more than 130 Merit Badges — from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival — Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Scouts explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank, the Eagle award. By first imagining, planning, then doing their own service projects, Scouts learn the pride of servant leadership, the value of teamwork, and the satisfaction of seeing it all pay off. Add in challenging outdoor adventures like hiking and camping, and Scouting prepares its members for life.
Venturing BSA is a co-ed program for youth ages 14 to 21 years old. All teens have one—a moment that opens their eyes to a world that’s bigger than they ever imagined. It might happen while paddling a quiet lake, bonding with new friends around a beach bonfire, or rising to the challenge of leading an exhausted crew to the edges of adventure. Venturing gives young men and women access to a range of programs and empowers them to create their own experiences. It brings Scouting values to life through both high adventure outdoor activities and challenging real-world projects.
Exploring BSA is a career development program for young people ages 14 to 21. Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community, or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.