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Programs

Cub Scouts Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the ethical decision-making skills for first grade (or 7-year-old) boys. These boys participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in…


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Chartered Organizations

The Scouting program is delivered through civic, faith-based, and educational organizations called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large. Responsibilities of chartered organizations include providing adequate meeting facilities, quality leadership for the Scouting unit, appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the…


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Eagle Scouts

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance. The award is a performance- based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank.  This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless,…


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High Adventure

A high-adventure experience includes several days of trekking in wilderness and other rugged, remote locations.  The Boy Scouts of America operates four national high-adventure bases and local council high adventure bases that provide outdoor adventure opportunities for older Scouts and Venturers. Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve Programs at the Paul R. Christen National…


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How Scouting is Funded

  Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, and Ships  Units can use a variety of fund-raising methods as long as they meet the guidelines set by the National Council and their local council and are approved by their unit committee and chartered organization. Most commonly, units are funded through: Weekly or monthly dues paid by the member Unit product sales such as…


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Boys’ Life and Scouting Magazine

Boys’ Life Magazine Produced monthly for 1.1 million subscribers in three demographic editions including, for all Tiger Cubs and Cub Scout subscribers through age 8, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts 9 years and older and all Boy Scout-age subscribers and all other subscribers.   Scouting Magazine Produced six times a year for adults registered in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity  Scouting, and Venturing.


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Sustainability and Scouting

Sustainability is a consideration in both design and day-to-day actions. It means thinking about people, the environment, and systems, and how they’re all interdependent. It means not shortchanging tomorrow by just thinking about today. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation. In the next 100 years, Scouting is taking the initiative to…


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