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Boy Scouts

Boys experience a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster to achieve the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Camping, fun with friends--and more. It's the adventure of a lifetime.

Boy Scouting is for boys who are 11, (or are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade or have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award) through 17 years old. Most people associate Boy Scouting with outdoor adventure–and with good reason. Scouting is an outdoor program designed to develop character, citizenship, and fitness. With the Scout Oath and Law as a guide, Scouting helps a boy develop into a well-rounded young man. Through the advancement program, a Scout can progress in rank though achievements, gaining additional knowledge and responsibilities. Earning Merit Badges provides opportunities for Scouts to be introduced to a lifelong hobby or a rewarding career. In Boy Scouting, youth take responsibility for the activities of the troop. By planning and organizing activities, they develop teamwork and learn to lead as well as follow. Through the support of parents and religious and neighborhood organizations, Scouts develop an awareness and appreciation of their role in their community.

Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Boy Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

To find out about Boy Scouting in your area, click hereExternal Link.


The Pacific Skyline Council provides these fun and exciting events for Boy Scouts each year:

Klondike Derby snow sled raceKlondike Derby
Days of the week: Sat morning to Sun afternoon.
Time of year: January
Location: Cisco Grove Campground, Emigrant Gap, CAExternal Link.
Winter camping and competition! Join your fellow Scouts for a fun weekend in and on the snow! Featured events include Sled Race, Jumbo Ski, Snowshoe Relay, Spear Throw, Fire Building, Snowball Toss, Ice Rescue, and Moon Ball.

Merit Badge Midway logoMerit Badge Midway
Day of the week: Saturday all day
Time of year: February
Location: Ralston Middle School, BelmontExternal Link
A 1-day event for Scouts to earn new Merit Badges and to finish incomplete ones. (This is different from the S.T.E.M. Merit Badge Midway below.) Morning session and afternoon session. Can earn up to two merit badges.

Scouts doing a pioneering projectCamp-O-Ree
Days of the week: Fri-Sun
Time of year: Spring
Location: Cutter Scout Reservation, Santa Cruz Mountains
Patrols (5-8 Scouts each) will compete against one another for top scores and bragging rights! Learn and practice your fire building, first aid, and a host of other wilderness survival skills.

Scouts in colorful sail boats on beautiful Huntington Lake at Camp OljatoSummer Camp
Days of the week: Sun-Sat
Time of year: Summer
Location: Camp Oljato in the High Sierra
Camp Oljato is a premier Boy Scout summer camp in the High Sierra. Pacific Skyline Council's program, which runs from mid-June through late July, immerses Scouts in the outdoor adventure of Scouting.

Scout aiming a shot gunShooting Sports Weekend
Day of the week: Fri afternoon - Sun afternoon
Time of year: Fall
Location: Cutter Scout Reservation, Santa Cruz Mountains
Scouts will be grouped into patrols of 10 and rotate through the various stations. Experienced instructors will conduct safety briefings, supervise all activities, and provide expert instruction. This is an amazing opportunity to experience a wide variety of shooting sports in a safe and fun outdoor environment.

Gold Rush prospector guy logoGold Rush
Day of the week: Fri night - Sun noon
Time of year: Fall
Location: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, Santa Cruz Mountains
Experience the “gold fever” of pioneers flocking west to find their fame and fortune. Do you have what takes to stake and work your claim? Pan for gold, shoot archery and muzzle-loading rifles, start a fire with flint & steel, make candles, rope, and bullets, lasso a steer and cut wood for your cabin! Can you cook in a dutch oven, make jerky and bread?

Boy Scouts on Monkey BridgeTrail to First Class Camp
Day of the week: Fri night - Sun noon
Time of year: Fall
Location: TBD
Introduction to the fun and excitement of the Boy Scout program for all Webelos and their parents. Webelos Extreme encourages Webelos to continue their journey in Scouting. We have several stations for 1st- and 2nd-year Webelos to participate in Boy Scout-related activities. Past activities: archery, monkey bridge, pioneering projects, canoeing, orienteering, obstacle course, and more!

Two Boy Scouts remotely controlling their robotic vehicleS.T.E.M. Merit Badge Midway
Day of the week: Saturday all day
Time of year: December
Location: Ralston Middle School, BelmontExternal Link
A 1-day event for Scouts to earn STEM*-related Merit Badges and finish incomplete ones. (This is different from the regular Merit Badge Midway.) Morning session and afternoon session. Can earn up to two merit badges. *STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Keep your eye here for upcoming Boy Scout events, including the ones above.

To find out about Boy Scouting in your area, click hereExternal Link.

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