Join Scouting!

There’s a Scouting program for everyone from 5-20.

Scouting is available to all youth between the ages of 5 and 20. Regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or personal lifestyle. From Youth grades K-5 there is Cub Scouts. Youth aged 11-17 take part in Scouts, BSA where they have the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout. For co-ed programs, youth ages 10 – 30 can join an Explorer Post. Youth ages 14 – 20 can join the Venture program or become a Sea Scout (not available in the Leatherstocking Council). To find out more about Scouts, BSA, Exploring and Venturing or how to find a unit near you, visit

How Cub Scouts Works

One unique thing about Cub Scouting is that you as family, join in on the program and help them along the way. Cub Scouting exists to support your family and help enrich your family time together. Your son or daughter will have a different handbook at each grade level, with adventures that are age-appropriate for their development level.

As they advance through these books by working on adventures with you, they will earn badges and other recognition that can be worn on their uniform. Your child’s success in Cub Scouting depends on you!

The Cub Scouting program takes place at two levels. Your son or daughter will be a part of a den, a small group of boys or girls in the same grade level who usually meet weekly. All dens, from grades 1 through 5, make up a pack. Once a month, the dens, with their families, are together at the pack meeting, where the Cub Scouts show off the new skills they have learned during the month and are recognized for the badges they have earned. All Scouts, when they join, earn the Bobcat badge first. Your den leader will show you how.

What do Cub Scouts Do?

What Do Cub Scouts Do?
Some of the best things about Cub Scouting are the activities you get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help your hometown and the people who live there. Cub Scouting means “doing.”

Blue and Gold Banquets
In February, when Scouting celebrates its “birthday,” packs across the country hold blue and gold banquets. In nearly all packs, the banquet is a very special event. At the banquet is a cross-over ceremony where Cub Scouts cross over to Scouts, BSA

Cub Scout Camping
Learn survival and the necessary skills to live in the outdoors. Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world.

Cub Scout Derbies
Racing in a Cub Scout pinewood derby is great fun. You’ll get to design your pinewood derby car, work with a parent to build it, and see it perform on race day.

Outings and Field Trips
“Outing” is a big part of Scouting. Cub Scouts get out and about with many kinds of outdoor fun, such as field trips, hikes, nature and conservation.

Service Projects
Doing service projects together is one way that Cub Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.”

Cub Scout Day Camp and Summer Camp
Camp offer opportunities for scouts to fish, shoot b.b. guns, archery, swim, hike, learn about nature, build confidence, and get outdoors. Find out more in the Camp Kingsley section of the website.

The Value of Scouting

Discovery is at the heart of Scouting. Whether it’s a campout, derby car race, or hike on the trail, we believe every adventure helps us uncover a little more about ourselves. We build the foundations for humility and compassion—strengthening character through actions—to prepare youth for a lifetime of leadership.

Real Experiences, Connections & Adventure

Scouting is something the whole family can experience together. We designed our program so that anyone—brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers—can have fun and make an impact!

A Foundation for Lifelong Joy & Success

Through fun yet challenging physical and mental activities, Scouting encourages personal growth by teaching youth how to set goals and achieve them with determination.