BSA Fact Sheet

BSA Fact Sheet


“Education for Life”

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.

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 young men and women to build character, train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develop personal fitness. The Orange County Council received its charter in 1920 to provide the Scouting programs here locally.

Community groups receive national charters to use the Scouting program as a part of their own youth work. These groups, which have goals compatible with those of the BSA, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business and labor organizations, governmental bodies, corporate, professional associations and citizens’ groups. Over 100,000 youth are served annually in Scouting programs in Orange County.

Tiger Cubs: A one-year program for first-grade (Age 6) boys and their adult mentors that stresses leadership, teamwork, community service and family understanding in den meetings and enjoy Day Camp.

Cub Scouting: A family program for boys in second through fifth grade (Ages 7-10). Cub Scouting’s emphasis is quality programming at the local level. Fourth and fifth grade boys are called Webelos (We’ll be loyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that prepares them to become Boy Scouts. Cub Scouts enjoy overnight camp as Bears and Webelos.

Boy Scouting: A program for boys (Ages 11-18) designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Boys set goals, experience the challenge of achieving goals and the triumph of success. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed fifth grade.)

Venturing: Venturing is a co-educational program of the Boy Scouts of America. Venturers range from 14 to 20 years of age. The program is designed to help young men and women develop skills in areas of high adventure sports, arts, hobbies and Sea Scouting as well as learn positive leadership and ethical values from both adult and peer leaders. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills and become good citizens.

Varsity Scouting: An active, exciting program for young men (Ages 14-17) built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service and special programs and events.