Choose the Perfect Program
Youth 11-17 Years Old
Youth 14-20 Years Old
For more than 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to
- Try new things.
- Provide service to others.
- Build self-confidence.
- Reinforce ethical standards.
While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
Since 1910, Scouting has helped mold the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes and, through more than a century of experience, understands that helping youth puts us on a path toward a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Scouting, with programs for young men and women, helps meet these six essential needs of the young people growing up in our society:
- Lifelong Learning
- Faith Traditions
- Serving Others
- Healthy Living
- Building Character
Venturing is an inclusive program of the Boy Scouts of America for males and females ages 14 to 21 (or 13 and completed the eighth grade).
The Venturing program emphasizes:
- Personal growth
Venturing enables you to:
- Challenge yourself through a program that is fun and full of adventure.
- Acquire specialized skills in the area of your crew’s specialty.
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Learn life values through the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
- Give back to your community through meaningful service initiatives.
- Be recognized for your accomplishments through award opportunities.
- Discover and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment!
This program is operated through local Venturing crews, units made up of youth members and adult Advisors that meet regularly and plan activities and events. To find a crew near you, visit BeAScout.org.
Lead the Adventure!
Meeting times and locations vary. Typically, though, units meet weekly or bi-weekly during the school year and less frequently during the summer. Each individual unit will work to set a meeting location and schedule that is convenient for its members. With a number of units meeting in most neighborhoods, there is sure to be an option that fits within your family’s schedule.
When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! The registration fee for youth to join Scouting is $72 annually and there is a one-time joining fee of $25 for new members. There may be additional program or activity fees that may be charged by your local unit or council. Of course, these costs may be offset by unit fundraising and other available scholarship funds. Please contact your local unit leadership for details.
Absolutely! There are tons of organizations in neighborhoods throughout the Atlanta area that sponsor Scout Troops. Scouts meet at service organizations, places of worship, schools, and more, all within a comfortable distance to your home
Scouting is a family activity! You will have the opportunity to take a role in leading your child’s experience – and we’re here to help you become the best leader you can be with training, online resources and support from our Program Center.
Every volunteer leader is required to go through a rigorous background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your child will be in a safe and fun program. The Atlanta Area Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver and increase the skills they can pass onto our Scouts