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BSA Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

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Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

2017 Participation Numbers
  • Cub ScoutsCub Scouts1245882Grades 1-5
  • Boy ScoutsBoy Scouts834124Boys Ages 11-17
  • VenturingVenturing87827Co-ed 14-20 years old
  • ExplorersExplorers114743Co-ed 14-20 years old
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Building Leaders

A recent study revealed that, with as little as three years of participation, youth involved in Scouting are more likely to have positive character attributes and choose helping others over being the best.

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In 2017, a total of 55,494 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the program’s highest honor.
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Building Interest and Understanding

STem Scouts

The BSA’s STEM Scouts pilot program gives students in grades 3-12 hands-on experience with in-demand STEM topics.

LION

The new Lion program, designed as an introduction to Cub Scouting for 5-year-old boys, introduces families to the adventures available through Scouting.

Family Camping

Camping can be a great family affair, providing something for everyone. From a hiking trip, to mountain biking, zip-lining, or just reconnecting and relaxing with the family.

2.4 Million
Boy Scouts earned nearly 2.4 million merit badges while exploring a range of offerings in 138 fields that reflect both their interests and our rapidly evolving culture.
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Building Communities

Scouts and Explorers across America recorded more than 15.4 million hours of service to their communities, at a value of more than $363.5 million (based on a national volunteer-hour value of $23.56). Eagle Scout projects, which are planned, developed, and led by Scouts, accounted for more than $196 million in service to the nation alone.

Building Adventure

Scouting prepares our youth for active lives full of adventure. Just over 1 million Scouts attended our thousands of day and summer camps, as well as our high-adventure camps in New Mexico, Minnesota, Florida, and West Virginia, adding up to 6.5 million nights spent camping during the year.