Every generation has unique experiences that are shaped by their era. There are usually stark contrasts between youth and their parents. However, some elements in the lives of every youth are timeless. The need for people to feel respected, valued, accepted and connected to those around them are constant from generation to generation. Parents help meet these needs in youth through making the right types of investment in youth.
The Scouts BSA program provides opportunities for Scouts in the fifth grade through high school to learn through personal experiences. Whether it be a hiking trip, a camping trip, a community service project or merit badge requirement, Scouting instills experiences and values that will last a lifetime.
Scouts BSA is an individualized program of goal setting and achievement where Scouts experience democracy in action through peer leadership. Youth learn the basics of first aid, citizenship, physical fitness, outdoor skills plus over 100 other career- or hobby-related topics through the merit badge program.
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.
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.
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.