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. For more information on the programs below, or to find these programs in your area, please visit Be A Scout .
What is a Cub Scout?
If you are a boy in first grade through fifth grade or you're 7 to 10 years old, then Cub Scouting is for you. It's for your family, too. This is the first and the biggest of the three Scouting programs (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing) from the Boy Scouts of America.
Cub Scouts is broken down into three groups — Tiger, Cub and Webelos. All three year-round family-oriented grops are geared toward specific ages. If your child enjoys camping, building things, field trips and sports, then Cub Scouts is for him.
Tiger Cubs are boys who are in the first grade or 7 years old and are just getting the hang of being a Scout, so the program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community and family understanding. Tiger Cubs participate in the program with their adult partners.
Cub Scouts are 8, 9, and 10 year-olds in grades 2-5. Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training and personal fitness
Webelos Scouts are 10 year-olds who participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
What is a Boy Scout?
Boy Scouts, the second largest program, is tailored to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or are 11-17 years old, emphasizing vigorous outdoor activities, and developing leadership skills and teamwork — all under the guidance of an adult Scoutmaster.
In the Boy Scout program, boys learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects, and community service. Scouting fosters self-esteem, a sense of value and belonging, a sense of accountability, and teamwork.
What is Venturing?
Venturing is a coed, high-adventure program for youth 14 through 20 years of age, or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. The program provides positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.
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.