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and learning through Scouting

Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of young people and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children.

Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting--these are just some of a Scout’s outdoor experiences.

How Scouting Works

The Scouting program is delivered through local civic, faith-based, and educational institutions called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large.

Together, these organizations are run by almost one million adult volunteers dedicated to helping youth learn and grow.

Our Volunteers

Volunteering has always been the bedrock of the Scouting program. Behind every trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, and kind Scout is a long line of committed volunteers who share those same traits.

Rank Advancement

Scouts progress from rank to rank, learning new skills as they go. Each of the ranks and awards in Scouting has its own requirements. As Scouts get older and advance, the requirements become more challenging to match newfound skills and abilities.

Each Scout progresses at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Rank advancement is one method used by Scout leaders to help Scouts fulfill the aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.

130 Different Merit Badges

Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to learn important life skills and gain real-world knowledge in more than 130 areas, from American Business to Woodworking.

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Scouting Programs

The Scouting program is divided into three main sections, according to age.

We strongly believe that Scouting can benefit all families from all walks of life
and all backgrounds. See how Scouting has made a difference in families just like yours.

Busy Webelos Scout mom, Michelle, shares her own experience in Scouting and her feeling that Scouting makes makes the most of the little time we have with our kids.

Hear from Lester and Apryl as they share how Scouting has allowed their boys – one who has autism – to thrive and overcome challenges.

Watch single mom Becky share how Cub Scouts offered her and her children more than a club or activity. They gained a family in Scouting.

Scout leader Catherine shares how Scouting has provided her son with the siblings he never had. Hear about Catherine and her son’s experiences in this emotional video.

See the emotional video that gives Scout dad Juan’s perspective on Scouting and how the program has helped him be a better father.

Scout mom Lydialice didn’t just sign her son up for a Cub Scout Pack – she started one. In this video she explains what inspired her and how it’s bettered her family.

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