One of the most appealing aspects of scouting to many families is the way it exposes youth and their families to the great outdoors.  The scouting program provides the structure and environment to safely enable youth to learn new outdoor skills and participate in fun and exciting outdoor activities.  While most Cub Scout-aged boys believe they are ready to participate in every new activity, it is important for scouters to acknowledge the different levels of maturity across the pack and plan activities that are appropriate for each age/rank group.

The Boy Scouts of America has published age-appropriate guidelines for scouting activities based on the mental, physical, emotional, and social maturity of youth members.  The guidelines can be downloaded from the BSA website at the following link:

Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities

Source for this document:  Scouting.org

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