Programs of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life

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

In addition to BSA programs, the BSA also has a subsidiary organization known as Learning for Life in which addition programs are offered to participants in support of career education.  Exploring posts are part of this effort.

About the Boy Scouts of America

BSA Programs

Cub Scouts - dens for boys and dens for girls in grades K through 5 in various packs

Scouts BSA - patrols and troops for boys, and patrols and troops for girls ages 11 to 17

Venturers - crews of young men and young women ages 14-20

Sea Scouts -- ships of young men and young women ages 14-20

BSA 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; corporations; professional associations; and citizens' groups

Learning for Life/Exploring

Explorer posts are groups of young men and women ages 14-20 who participate in career learning and community service experiences in partnership with businesses and government agencies,  In Redwood Empire Council, we are have posts that specialize in Law Enforcement, Fire and Emergency Service, and Aviation.  We welcome additional community partners who would like to sponsor posts in various career areas. 

Volunteer Leaders

Volunteer adult leaders serve at all levels of Scouting in approximately 280 local councils, 26 areas, and 4 regions, and nationally with volunteer executive boards and committees providing guidance. Each autonomous local council is chartered by the BSA, which provides program and training aids along the guidelines established by the national Executive Board and the national charter from Congress.