Every person in Scouting learns the motto “Be Prepared.” And while that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, ultimately the Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life. We prepare them for life by creating opportunities for learning and growth that foster and strengthen self-confidence, ethics, respect for others, academic skills, and leadership. Lessons that stay with them their entire lives.
Scouting is for youth ages 5-20. Our programs include:
Cub Scouts is for girls and boys in grades k-5 (or ages 5-10). From the thrill of shooting an arrow to learning how to transform a block of wood into a race car, Cub Scouts is one thrill after another. Cub Scouts promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility, self-confidence, social skills, respect, and honesty.
Boy Scouts is for boys ages 11-17. Here youth lead their own activities and participate in service, community engagement, and leadership development programs. Boys can work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle. Scouts are introduced to countless hobbies, interests, sciences, and even future career choices. (Beginning February 2019, girls ages 11-17 can join Boy Scouts. At that time, the program name will become Scouts BSA.)
Venturing is a co-ed program for young adults ages 13 (and have completed 8thgrade) through 20. Venturing provides positive life experiences through exciting and engaging activities planned and supervised by the youth themselves. The program allows youth to have the time of their lives while learning about life, together.
Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 13 (and have completed 8th grade) through 20. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. Youth get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them.
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