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Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow. To find Scouting programs in your area, please visit

What is a Cub Scout? – Age 7-10

The adventure starts with Cub Scouting! It’s a year-round family program for boys 1st-5th grade or 7-10 years old. Everything in Cub Scouting is designed to have the boys “doing” things. Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting – citizen training, character development and personal fitness.


What is a Boy Scout? – Age 11-17

Boy Scouting is one of the traditional membership division of Boy Scouts of America. It is available to boys who have completed the 5th grade or are at least 10 years old – 17 years of age. Boy Scouting is an outdoor program and peer group leadership with the council of an adult Scoutmaster to achieve the Boy Scouts of America’s objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness.


What is Venturing? – Age 14-21

Venturing is a coed, high adventure programs for older youth who are 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade – 20 years of age. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, develop leadership skills and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.


What is Scout Reach?

Scout Reach is Boy Scouts of America’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background.


What is Learning for Life? – Grades K-12

Learning for Life is a coeducational youth program for grades K-12, focusing on character development an career education. It enables young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life stills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.


What is a Sea Scout?

Sea Scouting is the BSA's implementation of the Sea Scout program, initially developed in 1910 by Warington Baden-Powell in England. The founders of Sea Scouting in the United States are Arthur A. Carey of Waltham, Massachusetts and Charles T. Longstreth of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both leaders independently established Sea Scout groups in the summer of 1912. This accomplishment was recorded in the inaugural issue of Scouting.

The advancement scheme for Sea Scouts places an initial emphasis on nautical skills before encouraging the youth to take a major role in planning activities in the unit. Young men and women ages fourteen through twenty-one who are willing to abide by the requirements of BSA membership, including agreeing to live by the ideals expressed in the Sea Promise, Scout Oath, and Scout Law are eligible to join a Sea Scouting ship.