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One of the nation's most prominent values-based youth development organizations.  Programs for building character, training in the responsibilities of citizenship and developing personal fitness.

Boy Scouts of America

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The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Scouting's history goes back to the turn of the 20th century and has grown strong in the United States, from 2,000 Boy Scouts and leaders in 1910 to millions today.       

Scout Oath:    

On my honor I will do my best   To do my duty to God and my country   and to obey the Scout Law;   To help other people at all times;   To keep myself physically strong,   mentally awake, and morally straight.           

Scout Law:    

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.           

Our objective is to provide the same Scouting experience to all participants, utilizing different delivery methods depending on the circumstances. Once a week, youth ages 7 to 20 meet in their troops, patrols, dens, and packs with their Scout volunteers, who serve as role models and mentors. In some instances, these volunteers will be a child's first opportunity to have a positive mentor in their lives. Each volunteer brings a different perspective, all of which are invaluable as a child understands that he can do anything! In addition, each mentor works with a group to demonstrate the value of giving back, broadening a child's thinking about the future, embodying the importance of critical thinking and strong communication, and helping children understand how decisions today will impact them tomorrow and throughout their lives. For the children, having an individual who wants to be there and who is eager to open their eyes to the possibilities of a successful future has a very strong, long-lasting impact and creates a "can do" attitude.

The Scouting Experience: From elementary to college and everything in between, the Boy Scouts of America builds knowledge and instills confidence in those who may find themselves without the necessary tools to make successful strides towards a promising future. As we look for vitality in our communities, we must be willing to put forth the commitment to ensure that we do not lose our most precious resource-our children.             

Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages ethical decision-making skills for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys. Boys participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.           

Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8 to 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Webelos Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys.   

Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys ages 11 through 17, and is designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.)           

Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men ages 14 through 17, and is built around five program fields: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events. Varsity Scouting offers the Scouting experience through a sports platform.           

Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.           

Furthering the Scouting experience is the promise that these young people will be able to give back to their community. As a continued dedication to always "help other people," these young men from an early age are encouraged to make a difference in the communities in which they live. Whether it is through restoring the environment or making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, Scouts are stepping up, proving that the positive outcomes they receive from Scouting benefit others.           

The National Council provides services to local councils including training, consultation, support, program support and marketing support.  Local councils provide support to chartered organizations and local units (Packs, Troops and Crews).