Welcome! You probably just filled out an application to join Scouting. Now what? We at the local Scout office in Long Beach are here to help get you started on your way. Below are a few basics we think would be helpful to you.
What are the age groups?
- Ages 5-10 Cub Scouts
- two meetings per month by age (Dens)
- one meeting per month all ages (the Pack)
- all activities with parent or adult partner
- discovery, learning new things
- structured awards
- Ages 11-18 Boy Scouts
- one meeting per month (Patrols)
- two meetings per month (the Troop)
- more independence, camping
- leadership and service roles
- awards at your own pace
- Ages 13-21 coed Venturing
We know there is a ton of lingo! See scouting glossary of terms.
I filled out my application, now what?
- Visit our Scout Shop - you'll want to pick up a uniform, patches, and a handbook. We're centrally located in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach off 37th St between Atlantic Ave and Long Beach Blvd. Hours and directions here. Walk in, and our helpful staff will point out everything you'll need.
- Visit your first meeting - connect with your leader
Volunteers run our world! With only 12 staff members serving 3,600 youth in the Long Beach area, we rely on volunteers to implement the Scouting program. Nearly everyone you'll meet in Scouting is a volunteer!
Calendar of Events
The pack or troop you join has a monthly calendar of events. They probably even have a year-long calendar planned. We at the council level offer additional opportunities that bring hundreds of Scouts and parents together 4-5 times throughout the year. From camps to weekend outings, fun on the water, to community projects, our calendar page has all the info for your reference.
Where do I find info?
- Weekly e-news - opt in or opt out anytime. We send one email to parents every Thursday with upcoming highlights.
- Facebook - news, announcements, reminders posted here
- Flickr - photo albums showcase our most recent activities
What Others Say...
- "I built a really fast car! I also visited the fire station with my family!"
- "In Cub Scouts I learned how to fold the flag. I also like camping."
- "Boy Scouts has taught me about helping others and about leadership skills/"
- "Venturing lets me do cool things with friends."
- "Exploring was the best preparation for the Police Academy - I'm way ahead of my peers."
The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 as the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The Long Beach Area Council is one of 270 local offices around the country serving local communities.
We provide programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.
The Eagle Scout award is widely regarded as the most prestigious award a young man can earn. The designation remains for life.