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Non-Traditional BSA Programs

Exploring (coed, for ages 10-20)

Learning for Life (LFL) (coed, for grades K-12)

STEM Scouts (coed, for grades 3-12)


BSA Program Summary

Traditional
Programs
Year Started
Grade/Age Range
Term for Youth Member
Term for Unit/Sub-units
Cub Scouts BSA 1930 grades K-5 Cub Scout (grades K-3)
Webelos Scout (grades 4-5)
pack/dens
Scouts BSA 1910 age 10/11-17 Scout troop/patrols
Sea Scouts BSA 1912 age ~14-20 Sea Scout ship
Venturing BSA 1998 (1935) age ~14-20 Venturer crew

 

Non-Traditional
Programs
Year Started
Grade/Age Range
Term for Youth Member
Term for Unit/Sub-units
Exploring
[younger youth]
2013 age 10-13
(grades 6-8)
Explorer club
Exploring
[older youth]
1998 age 14-20 Explorer post
Learning for Life 1991 grades K-12 6 terms based on grade group
STEM Scouts 2015 grades 3-12 STEM Scout laboratory or lab

 


Special Notes

Discontinued or Renamed BSA Programs

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(also known as 'LDS' or 'Mormon' church)

Girls in the BSA

Eagle Scout Award

Order of the Arrow (coed, for elected youth & adults in the Scouts, Sea Scouts, & Venturing programs)

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For more information on BSA-related topics, see:

For information about US Girl Scouting (Guiding), see Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

For information about girls in the BSA, see Women and Girls in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

For information on Camp Fire and other alternatives to Scouting, see our Scout-like Organizations page.

For names and pictures of the highest rank/achievement/advancement in other countries, see our Highest Rank in Scouting page.


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