Scouting's Traditional Programs for Youth
See also www.learningforlife.org for information on LFL and Exploring
The Cub Scout program is for boys in the first through fifth grades (or ages 7 through 10). Cub Scouts join a pack, and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys. The Cub Scouts meet weekly. Once a month, all of the dens and family members gather for a pack meeting under the direction of the Cubmaster. The Scouting program is Home and Neighborhood centered. Scouting happens in large apartment complexes, in urban areas, in rural communities, in large cities, in small towns, and wherever boys live. The Scout meetings may be at your local school, church, or an organization that is willing to furnish a meeting location for Scouting. Being involved in Cub Scouting can have some great benefits! It helps boys develop good citizenship, good sportsmanship, and pride in growing strong in body and mind. It can help foster a sense of personal achievement and strengthen boys' ability to get along with other boys and respect other people. Cub Scouts learn to be helpful and do their best, how to develop good character and spiritual growth, and also to work towards becoming a Boy Scout. But most of all, it's fun and exciting. Explore the links above to see all the fun and exciting things Cub Scouts are doing. We hope you and your son will want to join us!
The Boy Scouts are young men ages 11 to 17 and their Scouting program is also Home and Neighborhood centered. Scouting happens in large apartment complexes, in urban areas, in rural communities, in large cities, in small towns, and wherever boys live. The Scout meetings may be at your local school, church, or an organization that is willing to furnish a meeting location for Scouting. The objective of the Boy Scouting program is to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities. Boy Scouts strive to have a high degree of self-reliance, and to develop important qualities, such as initiative, courage, resourcefulness, personal values, and the skill and desire to help others. Boy Scouts are knowledgeable about, and take pride in their heritage and religious values. The patrol system gives Boy Scouts experience in group participation and responsibility. These small groups plan troop activities through their elected representatives. The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals. The boys are provided a series of surmountable obstacles, and the steps in overcoming them. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self confidence, self reliance, and the ability to help others. Our most important mission is to help your Boy Scout to become physically, emotionally and mentally fit.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing provides positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Venturing provides the skills needed for young adults to make ethical choices, experience a fun program full of adventure and challenges, acquire leadership skills, and to take advantage of opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge in the areas of high adventure, sports, arts, hobbies, religious life, and Sea Scouting. For more information on getting started in Venturing, visit the national website or contact the council service center.