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About the BSA

Programs

Cub Scouts

Tiger SNRTiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the development of 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. Tiger Cubs is the gateway to Cub Scouting, which is the foundation of our organization.

Cub Scouts SNRCub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Cub Scouts are broken into a small group called a pack, each of which has dedicated leaders and volunteers who are tasked with teaching Cub Scouts both fun and valuable lessons that will help them progress in the program and in life. Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Webelos SNRWebelos Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys. While Webelos Scouts are still in Cub Scouting — and take part in Cub Scout pack meetings, events, and outings — the Webelos den also makes its own plans and enjoys many activities that the younger Cub Scouts don’t get to do as they prepare for the transition to Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Venturing

Boy Scouts SNRBoy Scouts is a year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.) Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Boy Scouts explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle.

Sea Scouts SNRSea Scouts is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade) through 21 years of age. Sea Scouting builds character through high adventure. The program — which uses the ship as the fundamental unit of Sea Scouting, consisting of five or more youth and their adult leaders — promotes better citizenship and seamanship through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor activities, social interactions, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Venturing SNRVenturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (or 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade) through 21 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.

Order of the Arrow 

OA SNROrder of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society and recognizes those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives and promote camping and responsible outdoor adventure, leadership development, and cheerful service to others. Order of the Arrow includes more than 170,000 youth and adult members in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories.