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Scouting is adventure, family, fun, character, leadership and so much more.

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life. Join scouting today, or continue reading to learn more!

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The Scouting Experience

The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouting

Grades K-5 (5-10 years old)

Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

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Scouts BSA

Grades 6-12 (11-17 years old)

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

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Venturing

14-20 years old

You love exploring your passions, making new friends, and discovering the world. You’re always looking for an adventure. Rappelling a cliff. Perfecting your shot. Designing a robot. Kayaking into the sunset. Exploring your faith. Volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is yours! Each activity provides an opportunity to shine and learn more about yourself and the world around you. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. You’ll acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where your future takes you, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility – the list goes on!

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Why Join Scouting?

Discover the countless benefits that help our scouts start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves.

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Lifelong Learning

People need to learn all through their lives. We live in a society that rewards continual acquisition of skills and knowledge. Scouting provides structured settings where young people can learn new skills and develop habits of continual learning that will help them succeed. From its foundation, Scouting has offered a concrete program of discovering, sharing, and applying knowledge and skills.
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Serving Others

Young people need to serve. The level of community service is a good indication of the health of any society. Scouting has, from its inception, been deeply rooted in the concept of doing for others. “Do a Good Turn Daily” is a core Scouting precept. Scouting encourages young people to recognize the needs of others and take action accordingly. Scouting works through neighborhoods, volunteer organizations, and faith-based organizations to help young people appreciate and respond to the needs of others.
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Building Character

Young people need to know to be good and to do good. Few will argue with the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our children – not only right from wrong, but specific, affirmative values such as fairness, courage, honor, and respect for others. Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boy Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.

What Our Scouts & Parents Say

My son truly thrives on adventure, making scouting the perfect activity for him. We love that scouting offers opportunities for our whole family to have adventures together!

JUSTIN BROWN Scout BSA Parent

I absolutely love watching my son and his friends enjoying themselves so intensely. I am even more thrilled about the skills and character that they are developing by being in Scouts. They may be having a blast creating new games with just a rope, Frisbee and soccer balls, but I see teamwork and creativity. I’m thankful that we have the Boy Scouts of America helping guide our boys through the esse

ERIN STOLLE Cub Scout Parent

My son and daughter love scouting! It’s a fantastic program for kids of all ages.

Ready to Join?

We are excited that you are interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America! Follow these simple steps to get started.

Step 1

Locate your Pack

Click the find Scouting near me button above. This is a listing of schools in our area that feed into our Packs. Please note if the day or time of the week doesn’t work in your schedule we can find you another Pack.

Step 2

Contact your unit

Once you have located your council and determined the best unit for your family, you may apply online or contact the unit leader to find out when their next recruitment event or Pack meeting will be held. Many of our Packs have public Facebook pages to help you get in contact with.

Step 3

Complete application

Complete the application and await approval by the unit leader. If you have any questions during the application process, contact your unit leader or local council service center (402)431-9272 or mac@scouting.org