Programs

DISCOVER FUN, ADVENTURE, AND LEARNING THROUGH SCOUTING.

Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of both boys and girls and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children.

Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting–these are just some of a Scout’s outdoor experiences.

The Boy Scouts of America offers many programs including:

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts is a year-round, family-friendly program designed for boys and girls who are in kindergarten through fifth grade (ages 5-10). Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting- citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.

Cub Scouts have the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building their own Pinewood Derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with their best friends at a family camp out, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if your child is in the kindergarten through fifth grade, or 5 to 10 years old, then it’s time for them to have some fun with the Cub Scouts!

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SCOUTS BSA

Scouts BSA is designed for boys and girls ages 11-18, Scouts learn responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.

For over 110 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.

In Scouting, Scouts learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects and community service. These experiences allow the youth to grow and mature at their own pace. And, it is the results of these experiences that cause parents to say, “There are things learned in Scouting which a child cannot readily pick up elsewhere.” It is also through these experiences that parents and sons get an opportunity to share and talk about their thoughts, feelings, goals, and values.

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.

Join Scouts BSA

VENTURING

Scouts BSA is designed for boys and girls ages 11-18, Scouts learn responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.

For over 110 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.

In Scouting, Scouts learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects and community service. These experiences allow the youth to grow and mature at their own pace. And, it is the results of these experiences that cause parents to say, “There are things learned in Scouting which a child cannot readily pick up elsewhere.” It is also through these experiences that parents and sons get an opportunity to share and talk about their thoughts, feelings, goals, and values.

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.

Join Venturing

EXPLORING

Exploring is a career learning program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. Exploring units, called “posts”, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation or engineering.

Exploring is a worksite-based program that is part of Learning for Life’s career education program. Youth who are 13 years old and within 6 months of their 14th birthday can also register as Explorers. Any youth may remain an Explorer up until the day they turn 21 years old and then are aged out of the youth side of Exploring.

Exploring is broken up into three separate programs: Business, Law Enforcement, and Fire and Emergency Services Exploring. Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

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.

Learn More About Exploring

TRAILBLAZER

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities and special needs is that they want most to participate like other youth—and Scouting gives them that opportunity. Thus, much of the program for Scouts with disabilities and special needs is directed at helping unit leaders develop an awareness of disabled people among youth without disabilities and encouraging the inclusion of Scouts with disabilities and special needs in Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.

The TrailBlazer District provides traditional Scouting programs in a multitude of educational and community centers that serve people with physical, intellectual, emotional, multiple disabilities, and those with Autism. We adapt each program to meet the needs of both Scouts and the settings in which we provide this service. We serve as consultants to Scouts with disabilities as a bridge between them a traditional unit (pack, troop, crew) to make sure they find their most comfortable unit. Our program provides training to both adult leaders and individual units on disability awareness and acceptance in their units.

The TrailBlazer Program serves communities in Baver County, Allegheny County, and Washington County. 

Leading the program is District Executive, Bob Zelleznick and District Associate, Kim Miller.

WHO WE SERVE

  • 319 youth ages 6 to 10 in Cub Scouts
  • 169 youth ages 11 to 17 in Scouts BSA
  • 720 youth ages 14 and up in Venturing

SCOUTING UNITS

  • 10 Cub Scout packs
  • 7 Scouts BSA troops
  • 21 Venturing crews

CHARTERING ORGANIZATIONS

  • Austin’s Place
  • Chartiers Center
  • Conroy School
  • Deer Lakes School District
  • East Allegheny School District
  • Mental Health Association of Beaver County
  • Mon Valley School
  • Pathfinder School
  • Pittsburgh Pioneer
  • Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
  • Step-By-Step Inc.
  • Sunrise School
  • The Verland Foundation C.L.A
  • Trinity Area School District
  • West Allegheny School District
  • Western PA School for Blind Children

Check out our TrailBlazer District YouTube page. Here you can find virtual sessions for earning ranks along with videos from our trips to camp and much more!

SCOUTREACH

Today, young people are faced with many challenges including fragile families and disintegrating neighborhoods. Scouting, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country. Scouting prepares urban and rural youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond their own self-interest.

The Scoutreach program is a council-wide initiative that provides special leadership and emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. Scoutreach is the BSA’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. Scoutreach meets the development needs of youth in urban and rural settings through a well-defined program based on values, learning by doing, fun, and positive role models.

Leading the program is District Commissioner, Vern Smith, District Executive, Cameron Boston, and District Associate, Derek Riley. 

WHO WE SERVE

  • 263 youth ages 6 to 10 in Cub Scouts
  • 23 youth ages 11 to 17 in Scouts BSA

SCOUTING UNITS

  • 11 Cub Scout packs
  • 2 Scouts BSA troops

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

  • APOST
  • Out of School Time
  • United Way

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR EXPLORING

  • Urban Pathway

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR PACKS

  • Aliquippa Elementary
  • BJWL – Arlington Heights
  • BJWL – Bedford
  • Carnegie Boys and Girls Club of Western PA
  • Center that Cares
  • Clariton Elementary
  • Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville
  • Helen S. Faison Arts Academy
  • Mount Ararat Community Activity Center
  • Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-8
  • Pittsburgh Langely K-8
  • Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-8
  • Propel Braddock Hills
  • Propel East
  • Propel Homestead
  • Sto-Rox Primary Center
  • Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School
  • Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR TROOPS

  • Crafton Ingram Rotary
  • H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow, Inc.

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WE Served

16,468

youth in 2020

Support Scouting.

Scouting is a rewarding program where youth can learn, lead, grow and participate in a world of exciting outdoor activities.

WE served

16,468

youth in 2020

Support Scouting.

Scouting is a rewarding program where youth can learn, lead, grow and participate in a world of exciting outdoor activities.