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Boy Scouts is a national program that attracts boys* who are usually aged 11 thru 17, but they may also be younger than 11 if they have "crossed-over" from a Webelos Den in Cub Scouts during 5th grade. Boy Scout units are known as Troops; Troops are organized into Patrols. Boy Scouts is generally a boy-led program, with guidance from Adult Leaders.
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people "Be Prepared" (the Scout Motto). The emphasis in Boy Scouts is to learn skills that are useful in life — often using methodologies that teach outdoor skills, leadership, and citizenship. After a Scout earns the rank of First Class, he may investigate many interest areas by selecting activities from over 100 Merit Badges. The goal is to teach Scouts to make the ethical and moral decisions required of good citizens in the modern world, but it is usually the lure of FUN that attracts youth to Boy Scouts — and it is FUN that keeps them involved!
Adult Leaders are men and women who are age 18 or older who have completed a BSA Adult Leader Application, have passed a strict background check, have passed a course in Youth Protection Training, and (depending on the Adult Leader's position) undergone additional training courses to learn how to perform the duties for which they are responsible.
*Note: Recently, BSA announced its intention to admit girls to Boy Scout Troops beginning in 2019.
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