Boy Scouts of America,
Children & Youth,
Children & Youth Services,
Mission: The corporation shall promote, within the territory covered by the charter from time granted to it by the boy scouts of america and in accordance with the congressional charter, bylaws, and rules and regulations of the boy scouts of america, the scouting program of promoting the ability of boys and young men and women to do things for themselves and others, training them in scoutcraft, and teaching them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by the boy scouts of america.
Programs: Traditional scouting - in the bsa, scouting is considered to be one movement with three main programs: cub scouting is the largest of the three programs, available to boys from first to fifth grade or 7 to 11 1/2 years. The program is designed to pursue the aims of character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Cub scouting is divided into age-based levels of tiger cubs, wolf cubs, bear cubs and webelos scouts. Boy scouting is the flagship program of the bsa for boys ages 10 to 18. It uses outdoor activities such as camping, aquatics and hiking to achieve the aims of character, citizenship and personal fitness training. Varsity scouting is a sub-division of boy scouting available to boys ages 14 to 18; it adds a program of high adventure and sporting activities. The order of the arrow is the boy scouting national honor society for experienced campers, based on american indian traditions and is dedicated to the ideal of cheerful service and brotherhood. Venturing is a program for young men and women 14 (and who have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Over 13,733 young people were served through 188 cub scout packs, 192 boy scout troops, and 39 venturing crews.
outdoor programs - planned, organized outdoor activities at the den, pack, district, and council levels fulfill the promise made to our cub scouts. Young boys have a great desire for outdoor fun, excitement, and adventure. These experiences encourage them to spend quality time with family and friends. Quality council camps and fun pack outdoor events directed by qualified, trained leaders provide an ideal setting for these activities. Boy scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. In the outdoors, the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps boy scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which boy scouts learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources. Outdoor/high adventure is the largest and fastest growing interest in the boy scouts of america, as youth grow they seek greater and greater challenges. The excitement of these physically and mentally challenging activities is both personally rewarding and aids in the character development of those participating. High adventure creates lifetime memories and experiences. Conservation activities supplement the program of boy scout advancement, summer camp and outdoor activities and teach young people to better understand their interdependence with the environment. More than 3,700 boys participated in long-term residential camping experiences, 630 boys attended day camp, 293 participated in high adventure programs, more than 8,000 boys participated in weekend camping programs throughout the year and operation and maintenance of the scouting program for over 13,000 youths in bergen, essex, passaic, and hudson counties.
scoutreach- our scoutreach program develops partnerships with local organizations to implement and deliver the scouting program to give boys in urban neighborhoods, who need our programs, the opportunity to join and have the tools they need to succeed in life. In 2014, 311 new boy scouts and cub scouts were recruited and 11 new units were formed, bringing the total of youth served in traditional boy scout programs to 627 and a total of 25 programs since the inception of the program in 2012. In addition to our partnerships with the newark housing authority, newark police department and newark bronze shield, we expanded to the central ward where 4 new programs out of the 11 were formed in 2014. We made tremendous strides in pasaaic county by partnering with paterson's school #6, silk city academy, bethel ame church, st. Luke baptist church and the jumpstart community organization. In hudson county, 3 new cub packs were formed in jersey city with the support and guidance of the jersey city assistant superintendent. The scoutreach initiative gives boys and girls the opportunity to experience outdoor camping during the summer months. Over 75 cubs and boy scouts attended yaw paw day camp, resident boy scout camping at camp turrell and high adventure at floodwood. The scoutreach program also includes the learning for life in-school character development program, which serves over 900 boys and girls. These programs are available during in-school and after school hours at partnering elementary and high schools throughout the cities of fort lee, garfield, lodi, newark and clifton. In 2014, 220 lfl boys and girls attended our camp lewis druing the summer months as well.