Boy Scouting is for boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. Boy Scouts develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness as they follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
The Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth organization in the United States, with over five million members in its age-related divisions. More than 110 million Americans have been members in the history of the BSA.
The Boy Scout program includes a wide range of Advancement opportunities:
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt (1900–1992), left, and his mentor Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); the two men with the largest impact on the founding and development of the Boy Scouts of America. This photo was taken outside of the Hillcourt cottage at Schiff Scout Reservation, Mendham, New Jersey, on July 15, 1935.