The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program for children and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. The Ventura County Council of the BSA is located at 509 East Daily Drive in Camarillo. Visit www.vccbsa.org or call 805.482.8938 for more information.
The traditional Scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for children ages 7 to 11 years, Boy Scouting for youth ages 11 to 18 and Venturing for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and having completed the 8th grade) through 21. Learning for Life is a non-traditional subsidiary that provides in-school and career education. Beginning in 2018, girls have the opportunity to join Cub Scout dens, and in 2019, programs for older girls will make it possible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Tiger Cubs is a year-round family- and home-centered program that encourages the ethical decision-making skills for first-grade (or 7-year-old) boys and girls. These children participate in the program with their adult partners. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding.
Cub Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for children in the second through fifth grade (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Activities emphasize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
Webelos Scouts is a year-round family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) children. Webelos Scouts participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.
Boy Scouting. A year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Children also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)
Varsity Scouting. An active, exciting, year-round program for young men and women 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
Venturing. A year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.