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Boy Scouts is for boys who have completed the Arrow of Light or have completed the fifth grade or who are between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. The program helps developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.
The Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America:
- To provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character citizenship and personal fitness training for youth
- To develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit
- To develop a degree of self-reliance(initiative, courage, and resourcefulness)
- To have personal values based on religious concepts
- To have the desire and skills to help others
- To understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems
- To take pride in their American heritage and understanding our nation’s role in the world
- To have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people
- To be prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society
If you would like to be a volunteer with the Rio Grande Council, BSA, Please contact the council office at 956.423.0250.
- Thousands of men and women are involved in the Boy Scout program
- Serve in a variety of positions as unit leaders:
- Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, Troop Committees, Merit Badge Counselors, and Chartered Organization Representatives
- Boy Scouting is made available to community organizations having similar interest
Who Pays For It?
(This financial support provides training, outdoor programs, council service centers, and professional service for units.)
- Groups are responsible for supporting Boy Scouting by the boys, the parents, the troop, the chartered organization and the community.
- Boys pay their own way by contributing dues each week.
- The Troop obtains income on approved money-earning projects.
- Parents and the community provide support through the United Way, Friends of Scouting, and special contributions
- The Rio Grande Council owns and operates two camps - Camp Perry, and Laguna Station
- The National Office owns and operates three camps:
- Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico
- Northern Tier in Minnesota and Canada
- Florida Sea Base