What is Boy Scouting?
In order to become a Boy Scout, you must be a boy who has completed the fifth grade, or who has earned the Arrow of Light Award, or be 11 to 18 years of age.
Boy Scouts achieve the objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.
Boy Scouts understand and respect the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, the Scout Slogan and the Outdoor Code. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.
Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. Boy Scouts achieve a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness. Their personal values are based on religious concepts. Scouts have the desire and skills to help others. They understand the principles of our social, economic, and governmental systems and are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world. Boy Scouts have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people and are prepared to participate in and provide leadership in society.
There are extensive special opportunities for Boy Scouts. These include wilderness adventures at High Adventure Camps like Philmont. Advanced Leadership Training such as Woodbadge and Leader Specific Training.
There are National Jamborees and International Jamborees where Scouts congregate to share their experiences and enthusiasm. Summer Camp programs offer a broad range of experiences – including renowned Cherry Valley Scout Camp on Catalina Island operated by the San Gabriel Valley Council, BSA. There are even International Scout Facilities in England and Switzerland .