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What is Boy Scouts?

The Scouting movement was founded by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907 in England. Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and is the largest youth organization in the country; and is part of the World Scouting Movement, which is the largest youth organization in the world. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The first Chief Scout Executive, James E. West, had a disability. At age 7, his mother passed away and he was sent to an orphanage. Here it was discovered that he had an incurable disease in one leg that crippled him for life.

"Scouting is a Game with a Purpose" - Lord Robert Baden-Powell

The purpose of Scouting is to make better citizens, citizens who are self reliant, and know how to work as both a leader and follower. Safety is emphasized in all activities but the purpose is always to teach the Scouts valuable skills while having fun. Scouting is for any boy from age 7 till 18. Venture Scouts is open to any Boy or Girl aged 14-21.

The Boy Scouts of America is divided up into 4 different Programs:

Cub Scouts

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  • Motto: Do Your Best
  • For boys in first grade through fifth grade (or seven through 10 years of age)
  • 2009 membership, packs, and leaders:
    • 232,075 Tiger Cubs (first grade)
    • 769,777 Cub Scouts (second and third grades)
    • 633,099 Webelos Scouts (fourth and fifth grades)
    • 1,634,951 total Cub Scouts
    • 49,037 Cub Scout packs
    • 465,106 Cub Scout leaders

Boy Scouts

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  • Motto: Be Prepared
  • Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily
  • For boys who are 11 through 17 years of age, or 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
  • Ninety-five percent of all Boy Scouts participated in Cub Scouting at some time.
  • 2009 membership, troops, and leaders:
    • 838,080 Boy Scouts
    • 40,977 Boy Scout troops
    • 510,460 Boy Scout leaders

Varsity Scouting

  • For young men 14 through 17 years of age
  • Built on five program fields of emphasis:
    • Advancement
    • High adventure
    • Personal development
    • Service
    • Special programs and events
  • 2009 membership, teams, and leaders:
    • 60,240 Varsity Scouts
    • 8,522 Varsity Scout teams
    • 23,027 Varsity Scout leaders


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  • For young men and women 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age
  • 2009 membership was 257,361 Venturers:
    • 32 percent of 2009 membership was female.
    • 19,752 Venturing crews
    • 64,360 Venturing leaders