The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
- Tiger Cubs, BSA. A school-year program for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys and their adult partners that stresses simplicity, shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Each boy/adult team meets for family activities, then once or twice a month all the teams meet for Tiger Cub group activities.
- Cub Scouting. A family- and home-centered program for boys in the second through fifth grade (or 8, 9, and 10 years old). Cub Scouting’s emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where the most boys and families are involved.
- Webelos Scouts. Fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys are called Webelos Scouts (WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
- Boy Scouting. A program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)
- Varsity Scouting. An active, exciting program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
- Exploring. Designed for young men and women ages 14 (who have completed the eighth grade) through 20 to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer leadership training, fitness, outdoor, service, and career hands-on experiences. Exploring promotes the conditions necessary for the growth and development of adolescent youth.
- Learning for Life. Learning for Life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The mission of Learning for Life is to serve others by helping to instill values of good character, participating citizenship, and personal fitness in young people, and in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices throughout their lives so that they can achieve their full potential. Learning for Life can help schools prepare students to handle today’s complex society. It’s designed to build confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. It can help students learn positive personal values and make ethical decisions. Character development is a lifelong process, with roots firmly planted in childhood. Learning for Life has curricula designed to fulfill its mission.