Youth Programs

The Boy Scouts of America offers many different programs for varying age groups and interests. Click to the right to learn more about each program. To find a unit in your area, click HERE.


Cub Scouts:  Boys 7-10 years old or Grades 1-5

When you’re a kid, fun comes first. Final exams, driver’s ed and summer jobs will arrive soon enough. Cub Scouts lets kids have fun while teaching them skills that will help them later on. From the thrill of shooting an arrow to learning how to transform a block of wood into a race car, Cub Scouts is one thrill after another. With a program expertly tailored to match each age in a young boy's life, Cub Scouts learn that even when fun isn’t easy, it’s always an adventure. In Scouting, everything has a purpose. And it shows kids that doing their best is the most fun of all. Cub Scouts belong to Packs, which contain one or more Dens. The pack leader is called a Cubmaster, while the Dens are lead by Den Leaders.
Find a Cub Scout PACK near you.

Boy Scouts:  Boys 11-17 years old

With more than 130 Merit Badges—from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival—Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Boy Scouts explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle. By first imagining, planning then doing their own service projects, Boy Scouts learn the value of hard work, and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off. Add in outdoor adventures, hiking and camping, and Scouting gives boys all the experience they need to become men. Boy Scouts belong to Troops, which contain one or more Patrols. The adult leader is called a Scoutmaster, while the youth leader is a Senior Patrol Leader who leads Patrol Leaders.
Find a Boy Scout TROOP near you.

Varsity Scouts:  Boys 14-17 years old

This is an exciting program for older boys that offers the same ideals and principles as Boy Scouting. However, its flexibility allows community organizations to design a program that fits its own needs, while introducing scouts to high adventure and sports. Varsity Scouts belong to Teams, which contain one or more Squads. The adult leader is called a Team Coach, while the youth leader is a Team Captain who leads Squad Leaders and Program Managers.
Find a Varsity Scout TEAM near you. (Note: Select the 'Boy Scouts' radio button)

Venturing:  Co-ed 14-20 years old

All teens have one—a moment that opens their eyes to a world that’s bigger than they ever imagined. It might happen while paddling a quiet lake, bonding with new friends around a beach bonfire, or rising to the challenge of leading an exhausted crew to the edges of adventure. Venturing gives young men and women access to a range of programs and empowers them to create their own experiences. It brings Scouting values to life through both high adventure outdoor activities and challenging real-world projects. Venturers belong to Crews. The adult leader is called an Advisor, while the youth leader is a President.
Find a Venturing CREW near you.

Sea Scouting:  Co-ed 14-20 years old

Sea Scouting provides a program for character, citizenship, and mental and personal fitness training for youth with emphasis on developing seamanship and maritime skills. As part of this training, Sea Scouts are expected to develop personal religious values, learn the principles of American heritage and government, and acquire skills that will prepare them to become successful adults. Sea Scouts belong to Ships. The adult leader is called a Skipper, while the youth leader is a Boatswain.
To find a Sea Scout SHIP near you, please Contact Us.

Exploring:  Co-ed 14-20 years old

This is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. Explorers belong to Posts. The adult leader is called an Advisor.
To find an Explorer POST near you, please Contact Us.