Boy Scouts of America
300 local councils that provide quality youth programs,
including Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing.
The Boy Scouts of America is an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. Through the efforts of almost 1.2 million dedicated volunteers and the support of religious and community organizations, the BSA reached more than 2.8 million youth in 2007 with its traditional program of citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and character development.
- From: scouting.org
The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
- MeritBadge.Org provides BSA Program resources for
- Cub Scouts
- Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the 1st - 5th grade or age 7 - 10. Key resources include the Webelos Activity Badges and Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins. In additional, see the program materials for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Cub Scouts activities include * Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, Pinewood Derby, and Blue and Gold Banquettes. Key positions include Denner, Den Chief, Den Leader, and Cub Master.
- Boy Scouts
- Boy Scouts is the year-round program for boys age 11 - 17 that achieves the Aims and Methods of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and youth leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Boy Scout Advancement resource include Scout through Eagle ranks and Merit Badge info. Key topics include Summer Camp, Merit Badges, Youth Members With Special Needs, Boards of Review, Courts of Honor, Scoutmaster Conferences, Order of the Arrow, and Positions of Responsibility.
- Varsity Scouts
- Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men age 14 through 17 emphasizing advancement, high-adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events. Varsity Scout resources include Varsity Scout Advancement, Varsity Letter, and Denali Award and well as the Boy Scout programs Varsity Scout enjoy.
- Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade through 20 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. Venturing information includes Bronze Awards, Gold Award, Silver Award, Quest Award, TRUST Award, and the Ranger Award.
- Sea Scouting
- Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers. Rank resources include: Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster Award.
- Merit Badges
- MeritBadge.Org has a wealth of merit badge resources. Check out the worksheets and links on the Merit Badge Worksheets page. Did you ever wonder how many Scouts have earned Leatherwork Merit Badge? What is the most popolar? What is the most rare? The answers are at Merit Badges Earned.
- Scouter Awards
- There are dozens of awards for Scout Leaders. Whether you wear the knot or not, you should deliver the full qualify program these awards require.
See the Bookshelf for books and down-loadable materials.
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8 under the laws of the District of Columbia by W. D. Boyce...
Each unit is supported by a BSA local council, a nonprofit corporation. The local council does not provide service directly to individual boys. Rather, it offers a program to chartered organizations that operate Cub Scout packs, providing a number of common resources for all packs in a specific geographic area. In some areas, councils divide their territory into districts, which provide direct-to-unit service to a smaller number of units.
Community-based organizations receive national charters to use the Scouting program as a part of their own youth work. These groups, which have goals compatible with those of the BSA, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, and labor organizations; governmental bodies; corporations; professional associations; and citizens' groups.
Volunteer Leaders serve at all levels of Scouting in more than 300 local councils, 28 areas, and four regions, and nationally with volunteer executive boards and committees providing guidance. There are a number of Scouter Awards available for adult leaders.
Each autonomous local council is chartered by the BSA, which provides program and training aids along the guidelines established by the National Executive Board and the national charter from Congress.
- National Activities
- National Jamborees
- Northern Tier National High Adventure Program offers wilderness canoe expeditions and cold-weather camping
- Florida National High Adventure Sea Base offers aquatics programs in the Florida Keys
- Philmont Scout Ranch offers backpacking treks in the rugged high country of northern New Mexico
The National Council is supported largely through annual registration fees paid by all members, charter and service fees paid by local councils, sales of magazines and Scouting equipment, bequests, and special gifts. Local councils are supported by communities through an annual Friends of Scouting campaign, the United Way, special events, foundation grants, investment income, bequests, endowment gifts, and special contributions.
On the unit level, chartered organizations that use the Scouting program provide meeting places and often furnish program materials and other facilities. Youth members help to pay their own way by paying dues to their pack, troop, team, ship, or crew treasuries, and through approved money-earning projects, they can earn additional income for their units.
Membership and Units
Membership since 1910 totals more than 112 million. As of December 31, 2007, membership was:
|Youth Members||Adult Members||Units|
|Tiger Cubs||241,851||Cub Scout leaders||480,316||Cub Scout packs||50,780|
|Boy Scouts||851,572||Boy Scout leaders||524,962||Boy Scout troops||41,947|
|Varsity Scouts||62,016||Varsity Scout leaders||23,356||Varsity Scout teams||8,387|
|Venturers||254,259||Venturing leaders||65,645||Venturing crews||19,920|
|Total Youth||2,855,833||Total Adults||1,138,804||Total units||121,034|
National Office Contact Information
- Mailing Address: PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079
- Physical Address: 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038
- Office Phone: 972-580-2267
- email: [email protected]
- Cub Scout Packs - Boy Scout Troop - Varsity Scout Team - Venturing Crew
- World Organization of the Scout Movement
Official BSA Resources
- Boy Scouts of America main site
- Boy Scouts of America: Commissioners
- BSA's Local Council Locater — The Local Council Locater (search engine by Zip Code) will help you find the Council that serves your area.
- Troop locator - Pack locator
- Boy Scout Joining Requirements
- Orientation for New Boy Scout Parents
- Boys' Life Magazine 1.3 million copies monthly tailored for Cub Scout, Boy Scouts and older youth.
- Scouting Magazine for all registered adult leaders.
- Fieldbook Companion Site
- Legal Issues Web Site
- National Scouting Museum
- Online Learning Center
- How To Get Involved!
- Sister Organizations
- Special Interest
- Buy It!
- BSA Racing
- A Place to Give
- BSA Adopt-A-School Project
- 2013 National Jamboree
- Philmont Training Center
- BSA Fit
- listing of rank and merit badge changes - maintained by Paul Wolf at USScouts for over a decade.
- Steve Henning's Merit Badge List with history dating back to 1911.
- http://olc.scouting.org/ - The BSA Online Training Center (an official BSA web site). This provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses.
- BSA at a Glance, BSA Fact Sheet 02-501F (2006 Edition)