For almost 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have helped youth grow into their full potential by developing academic skills, self-confidence, and leadership skills that influence their lives far into adulthood. Scouting programs provide youth with activities that encourage them to explore new things, provide service to others, and build self-confidence, all while reinforcing core ethical standards. Scouting helps youth gain a deeper appreciation for service towards others and as individuals, to understand that their lives make a difference in the world. Perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem, inspiring them to resist peer pressure to make the right choices in life.
The following pages describe an overview of some the key aspects that make up the Scouting experience. From the Cub Scout to the young adults in Venturing, there is a place for everyone in the Scouting family. For additional information, visit www.scouting.org or contact your local council for information about your local Scouting groups.