Boy Scouts is designed for boys ages 11-18, Boy Scouts learn responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.
For over 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
In Scouting, boys learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects and community service. These experiences allow boys to grow and mature at their own pace. And, it is the results of these experiences that cause parents to say, "There are things learned in Scouting which a boy cannot readily pick up elsewhere." It is also through these experiences that parents and sons get an opportunity to share and talk about their thoughts, feelings, goals, and values.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.