Local Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Venturing Crews are open for new youth to join this Fall.
Scouting, with more than 100 years of tradition and adventure, has been a part of Suffolk County community life since 1910 when the first Boy Scout Troop registered in Huntington, New York. That tradition continues today with Scouting units in every town in Suffolk County.
Each year thousands of youth participate in all levels of Scouting from Cub Scouts, which serves boys in grades 1 through 5; Boy Scouts, which serves young men from the ages of 11 through 17, and Venturing, which serves both young men and women who have completed the 8th grade on up through age 20.
Scouting brings skills, adventure and knowledge to the youth who participate. Every year Scouts learn about the great outdoors firsthand by hiking and camping at our local and national parks and trails. They learn valuable life skills through Scouting’s extensive merit badge program and the new STEM/Nova program that focuses on the sciences and math (part of the new Core Curriculum that is part of our national education guidelines). Each year hundreds of young men earn the prestigious Eagle Scout rank, which is recognized by colleges, universities and businesses as a sign of great leadership skills. Many national leaders, business leaders, and even Apollo astronauts have been Scouts and have earned the Eagle rank.
Scouting is affordable and, unlike seasonal activities, your membership is good for all 12 months of the year. Participation is designed to fit the youths abilities and needs, and there is only one person a youth has to challenge to be the best in Scouting, and that is himself or herself. Scouting is open to youth with all levels of ability and they do not discriminate against any youth.
Have your child join a local Scouting unit today. Contact the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America at 631-924-7000, ext 110 to speak to a professional about finding a unit near your home. Or go to beascout.org to request more information.