We’ve got a little of something for everyone in Scouting, from our youngest Lion Cubs to our Scouting volunteers, spanning six generations in the Overland Trails Council. We want you to be a part of it. You can learn more about each of our programs by clicking on the menu at the left. We look forward to having you as a part of our greater Scouting family and are here to answer any questions you may have. The following is a brief description to help you navigate through the opportunities provided by the Scouting program.
Cub Scouts (ages 5-10)
Cub Scouting is for boys in the Kindergarten through fifth grades, or 5 to 10 years of age. Boys who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Boy Scouting or Venturing program. Cub Scouting represents is the largest membership group of the Boy Scouts of America programs listed below. Cub Scouting is an integral part of the worldwide Scouting movement and aims to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
Boy Scouts (ages 11-17)
The Boy Scout program is for boys who are 11 years old, are at least ten years old and have finished the fifth grade, or are at least ten years old and have earned the Arrow of Light rank as a Cub Scout. The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than 100 years, Boy Scouts of America has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun.
Venturing (co-ed, ages 14-21)
Venturing is part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women. Members must be at least 14 years old, or 13 years old and have completed eighth grade, through age 21. This outdoor-oriented, co-ed (since 1969) program, has been an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America since the 1930s. Venturing Scouts acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where their future takes them, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility – the list goes on!
Exploring Clubs & Posts (co-ed, ages 10-20)
Explorer Clubs serve middle schoolers, aged 10 – 13, in sixth through eighth grades. Explorer Posts serve older youth 14 – 20 years old. The program model is the same for both age groups – hands-on and interactive character and career activities are facilitated by trained business leaders in your local community. Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders. As the work-force changes, Explorers are prepared for the challenges we face tomorrow.
One of the keys to a successful Scouting experience for young people, second only to the selection of the right person for each responsibility, is trained volunteer leadership. Leadership training provides adult leaders with fundamental information about the aims and methods of the movement, as well as specifics about their particular roles in Scouting.
For this reason, the Overland Trails Council is committed to providing top quality training opportunities for leaders, parents and Scouts at the district and council levels. Through these efforts, the delivery of a better and quality Scouting program can be provided to our entire youth membership.
The Order of the Arrow
For more than 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, developing leaders, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich, support, and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.
Merit Badge University
Merit Badge University is an annual event that offers more than 70 merit badges taught by subject matter experts. It is held on the last weekend in July and is based out of Stuhr Museum and Central Community College in Grand Island. Each year, the event draws hundreds of Scouts from all over the region.