The Boy Scouts of America

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Locally, Indian Waters Council, BSA provides scouting programs in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Our Programs
 
There’s a program for every scout from age 6 to 20.
 
Cub Scouting
A family and home centered program for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cub Scouting's emphasis is on quality program at the local level, where the most boys and families are involved. Fourth- and fifth-grade (or 10-year-old) boys are called Webelos (WE'll BE LOyal Scouts) and participate in more advanced activities that begin to prepare them to become Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouting
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.)

Venturing
Venturing is a new program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.

Exploring
Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 through 20 years old. Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation.
 
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is the Boy Scout Honor society. Members are selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting and having met minimum requirements of Scout advancement and camping experience. Peer selection to the Order of the Arrow may be different than for other organizations in that the selection is made by all of a prospective member's peers, those already in the OA, as well as those who are not.


National Eagle Scout Association
The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is a fellowship of men who have achieved the Eagle Scout rank and who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership.


Learning for Life
Learning for Life is designed to support schools and community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. Learning for Life also helps youth develop social and life skills, assists in character development, and helps youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential.

 

Indian Waters Council Service Center
715 Betsy Drive
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 750-9868
Fax: (803) 750-9855