The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organization. BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. For a century, BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America knows that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Locally, the "Richmond Area Council" was chartered by John Stewart Bryan and D. W. Durrett in 1913. In its first year, the council numbered 495 boys in 28 troops. Today, the Heart of Virginia Council is a well-managed, fiscally sound organization.
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The BSA is the Nation's foremost youth program for character development and values-based leadership training. For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this Country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure. Scouts are Prepared. For Life.®
John K. McCulla, President, Heart of Virginia Council
Bradford M. Nesheim, Scout Executive, began his service as the Scout Executive/CEO of the Heart of Virginia Council in May 2005 following 5 very successful years as the CEO of the East Carolina Council headquartered in Kinston, NC and 9 years as CEO of the Chattachoochee Council in Columbus, GA. Brad began his professional career in 1976 as a district executive in Gastonia (NC), where he also served as a field director. In 1985 he became assistant Scout Executive in Atlanta (GA), where in 1988 he was promoted to director of field service.
A school-year program for first-grade (or 7-year old) boys and their adult partners that stresses shared leadership, learning about the community, and family understanding. Each boy-adult team meets for family activities, and twice a month all the teams meet for Tiger Cub den activities.
A family and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making for boys in the second through fifth grades (or who are 8, 9, and 10 years old). Fourth and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys are called Webelos Scouts (WE BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts. Cub Scouting's emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where boys and families are involved.
A 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. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.)
An active, exciting program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
A 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 activities that help youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.
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