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Overview of Scouting


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 boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.


Scouting Programs and Information



Chartered Organizations

Community-based organizations 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; corporations; professional associations; and citizens' groups.


Volunteer Leaders

Volunteer adult leaders serve at all levels of Scouting in about 285 local Councils with volunteer Executive Boards and committees providing guidance and support. Each local Council is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, which provides program and training aids along the guidelines established by the National Executive Board and a Federal Charter from Congress. Learn more about volunteering.