Boy Scouts of America

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The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) supports
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.




The purpose of the Boy Scouts of Americaincorporated 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 Scouting
Cub Scouting 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 Scout Adventures. In additional, see the program materials for Lion, 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 Cubmaster.
Boy Scouting
Boy Scouting 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.
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 Venturing Award, Discovery Award, Pathfinder Award, Summit Award, Ranger Award, Quest Award, and the TRUST Award.
Sea Scouting
Sea Scouting 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...

Local Councils

Main article: Local Council

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.

Chartered Organizations

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

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

Financial Support

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
Cub Scouts 800,729
Webelos Scouts 645,406
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
  Council Scouters 44,525  
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]

See also

Official BSA Resources

How To Get Involved!
Sister Organizations
Special Interest
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