The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young people make ethical and moral decisions through out their lifetime, by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law (see below for Oath and Law).
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of being a participating citizen, and helps develop physical and mental fitness. The Pathway to Adventure Council serves over 22,000 youth members and over 8,000 adult volunteers.
Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to god and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.
The BSA has many different programs that young people and their families can get involved with:
Cub Scouts: For young men in 1st - 5th grade. The Cub Scouts is a family-centered, experiential learning based program that is designed to get these young men building things, seeing places and just plain doing stuff! The motto is to ''Do Your Best'', which encourages young men to give it their all. While participating in Cub Scouts young men will work towards completing their 'Adventures', which are assortments of requirements typically revolving one specific topic. Each young man is hoping to achieve at least five(5) different adventures throughout the year in order to earn their rank badge. (1st graders are Tiger Cubs | 2nd graders are Wolves | 3rd graders are Bears | 4th graders are Webelos | 5th graders are Arrow of Light Scouts)
Boy Scouts: For young men that are 11 years old (or in the 6th grade) up to 18 years old. The Boy Scouts focuses more on the young man's personal growth. In this program he will learn about many things: outdoor skills, life-saving/first aid skills, personal responsibility and fitness, management and leadership skills, as well as the importance of giving back through community service. This is the program where young men can earn the Eagle Scout rank that is so sought after. The ranks young men must achieve in order to progress to Eagle Scout are: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout, Life Scout, Eagle Scout. Beyond the ranks, young men will begin to gain valuable experience managing their fellows scouts. Boy Scouting is intended to be ran by the youth members, they are expected to create a calendar of events, plan the meals and shop for their outing, help run the weekly meetings and more!
Venturing: For young men and women that are over the age of 14, or have graduated the 8th grade, up to 21 years old. Venturing is similar to the Boy Scout program in that it instills similar skills, but since the young people are a bit older they are allowed to do a bit more adventurous activities! Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, with an emphasis in adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service.
Exploring / Workforce Development: For young men and women in High School. Exploring is a program that helps young people learn more about certain career fields like: Police, Fire, Health, Hospitality, Robotics and much more! Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.
STEM Scouts: Our Pathway to Adventure Council is one of a handful of BSA councils across the nation piloting the STEM Scout program. Using experiential activities and interaction with STEM professionals, the goal of the STEM Scouts program is to help young people grow in character and skills as they explore their curiosity about STEM fields. It is hoped that their growing knowledge will translate into the STEM-related careers that are so crucial to our country’s future economy. While the program focuses on future careers in STEM, it is ultimately designed to be challenging, thought-provoking and, most importantly, fun.