Scouting in the USA

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.

Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.

The Coastal Carolina Council is one of just 304 Boy Scout Councils in America. We are incorporated in the State of South Carolina and headquartered in Charelston, SC. We serve over 11,000 youth and adult members in the nine county area including:  Allendale, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton and Jasper.     In 2007 Coastal Carolina Council twice received national recognition for having achieved the Chief Scout Executive's Winners Circle and in December we became one of a few councils nationally to receive the Centennial Quality Council Award. For more information check out our Annual Report.

The council is brokend down into seven geographical areas we call Districts. Each district has a full time staff member and a team of volunteers who bring Scouting to life in their local community.

Since 1930, the BSA has helped younger Boys through Cub Scouting, a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first through fifth grade. It emphasizes character development, personal achievement, and fun.

Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 to 17 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities. About four percent of Scouts become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank one can achieve. Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Its purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and 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.

Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.These programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Other opportunities are available as well. Learning for Life is an educational program designed to meet the needs of youth and schools. It helps youth meet the challenge of growing up by teaching character and good decision-making skills and then linking those skills to the real world. 

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