Since 1910, Scouting has led the way as the premier youth-serving organization in the United States. Scouts have changed the world for one hundred years and we will continue to do so for the next hundred.

Our 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.


[Scouting] is everything that I am today. It has influenced me immensely.
— Local Venturer

What We Achieve

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide an outdoor-based leadership and educational program for youth ages 6-21 years to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participation citizenship and to develop personal fitness. Elements of the Scouting program include camping and adventure, youth leadership training, caring and nurturing relationships with adults and peers, and positive, educational and creative uses of time in a fun-filled and adventurous setting.  Boy Scouts of America is the only youth organization chartered by Congress as an educational program.

All programs contain leadership, character development and community service elements. They include:

  • Cub Scouts serving boys in grades 1-5 (8,616 members)

  • Learning for Life is an in-school curriculum enhancement program based on values education and personal development for K-8 grade. (2,086 participants)

  • Boy Scouts serving boys between the ages of 11-18 years (4,311 members)

  • Exploring and Venturing are our co-educational programs for young people 14-20 years.  Exploring is a career based program (402 members) and Venturing is a high adventure program. (342 members)

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

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 and Reverent.