The Boy Scouts of America offers character-building programs that foster ethical decision-making skills while engaging in fun outdoor activities with friends and adult leaders.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts emphasize shared leadership experiences, citizenship, fun, adventure, fitness, and respect. These programs include boys in first grade through 18 years of age.
Venturers and Sea Scouts are co-ed programs for young people from 14 to 20, building character through meaningful activities and high-adventure.
Exploring provides males and females age 10-20 the opportunity to learn about career fields, network with business leaders, and gain hands-on experience in a fun environment.
To learn more, or to find a Scouting unit in your area, please visit beascout.scouting.org.
Cub Scouts is a year-round program whose mission is to develop character and ethical decision making skills for boys in the first through fifth grades (7 to 10 years old). Cub Scouting is organized into groups called packs and dens, each of which is led by dedicated volunteer leaders who teach Cub Scouts fun, valuable lessons, help learn citizenship, and develop physical fitness.
Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturing
Boy Scouts is a year-round program for boys 11–17 designed to build character, citizenship, and personal fitness through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Boy Scouts explore their interests and improve skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle.
Sea Scouts is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade) through 21 years of age. Sea Scouting builds character through high-adventure military and maritime career exploration. The program uses the ship as the fundamental unit of Sea Scouting, consisting of five or more youth and their adult leaders. The program promotes better citizenship and seamanship through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor activities, and social interactions.
Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 years of age (or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade) and up to 21 years of age. Venturing provides positive youth-led experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, with an emphasis on adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service.
Exploring is a year-round, co-ed career exploration program for young men and women from ages 10-20. Exploring provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. Participants get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for them. They also develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in their selected career fields, while getting to know other youth with similar interests and aspirations.