FOR NEW PARENTS
What is Scouting All About?
The mission of the BSA
To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The 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.
The Scout Law
A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Simply put, our goals are character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. We achieve those goals primarily in an outdoors setting, allowing Scouts to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and learn about themselves, all while having the time of their lives.
Within Scouting, there are several different programs:
For boys and girls ages 6-10 years old or kindergarten to 5th grade. The foundation of Scouting, with extensive family involvement.
For boys 11-18 years old. Service, community engagement, leadership, and outdoor adventure.
In February 2019, this program will become Scouts BSA and allow girls 11-18 to join a single-gender Troop.
Co-ed 14-21 years old. High adventure outdoor activities and challenging real-world projects.
Co-ed 10-14 years old (Explorer Clubs) and 14-18 years old (Explorer Posts). Exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future.
Co-ed grades 3 to 12. Hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and math rooted in the ideals of Scouting.
Sign Me Up!
Your child can join Scouting anytime, although units typically recruit new members near the beginning of the school year. If you’re not already aware of a unit serving your neighborhood,
visit exploring.org to
FIND A CLUB/POST >
visit stemscouts.org to
FIND A LAB >
or give us a call at the council service center and we’ll be happy to connect you.