The Scouts BSA is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The BSA was founded in 1910, and since then, more than 110 million Americans have been participants in BSA programs at some time. The BSA is part of the international Scout Movement and became a founding member organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1922.

Today’s youth are being pulled in many directions.

Balancing it all is difficult for not only the Scout, but the parents.  Many are exposed to academic rigor, sports and extracurricular activities/clubs.  What many are missing is the ability to enjoy the outdoors and learn valuable skills not taught elsewhere like leadership, problem solving, integrity, and an appreciation for various topics they might not have been exposed to otherwise.  Scouting offers more than 130 merit badges that serve as great introductions to any field. Take a look at the courses of study outlined by www.meritbadge.org. They range from filmmaking, first aid, citizenship, technology and more, something can spark interest in them they may have never considered.

Being in the outdoors will teach them to be self-aware, uncomfortable, be prepared, push through obstacles and make some friends along the way.  These memories and skills obtained will last them a lifetime.  The power of follow-through and sticking with something can result in the top honor of Eagle Scout which absolutely differentiates Scouts from non-Scouts for college, employment and life. This nationally recognized honor demonstrates a person is of good character, understands leadership and worked hard for something of value.   Troop 263 meets every Tuesday night at 7:30 at United Methodist Church, sponsors one outing per month, and sends scout crews to at least one or more week-long adventure camps per year.

Troop 4263 Scouts BSA Welcomes Girls to Scouting!

We Call it Family Scouting. We are thrilled to bring the benefits of Scouting to more kids than ever before--girls can now join Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA. Help your DAUGHTER Join Scouting! Download the how-to flyer  Beginning Feb 1, 2019, the Boy Scout program, ages 11-18, changed its name to SCOUTS BSA, and is now open to boys and girls, in separate troops. Just as before, these Scouts will earn merit badges, go camping and work toward the Eagle Scout Award. Troop 4263 meets Wednesday nights at the United Methodist Church at 6:00.

Half Moon Bay has produced thousands of Eagle Scouts who have gone on to serve their community and nation with distinction, lead industry and give back-all values learned in Scouting.  For a list of Eagles from the area see http://www.pacsky.org/Alumni/Eagles  Scout Troops include 263 for and 4263 for girls for youth ages 11–17 years old. To learn more about Scouting in general you can go to www.scouting.org.  Young leaders within the troop help teach and guide the younger Scouts. The Scouts progress through ranks becoming more capable and responsible as they grow. More about Scouts…(insert below text)

Scouts BSA Values

The Scout Oath and the Scout Law are the foundations on which we build our character. Scouts will reinforce these values with every meeting and every outing, increasing our capacity to do a good turn daily and reinforcing those principles with preparedness.

The BSA operates traditional Scouting by chartering local organizations, such as churches, clubs, civic associations, or educational organization, to implement the Scouting program for youth within their communities. Units are led entirely by volunteers appointed by the chartering organization, who are supported by local councils using both paid professional Scouters and volunteers.

The mission of the Scouts is to promote the development of young men and women by having them learn a variety of skills, practice leadership, provide service to the community, improve their physical fitness, and to honor God and country. This is accomplished in accordance with a strong moral code and with a premium placed on outdoor activities and having fun. Scout BSA Troop 263 and 4263 is committed to the mission of the boy scouts, with many exciting camping trips, field trips, and high adventure programs. It is a boy led troop – that is, leadership is a key tenant of the troop and the youth are formed into patrols where they elect leaders, plan their meetings, and choose outings under the guidance and supervision of the adult leaders. This is the primary difference from cubs. Cubs are adult led, youth scouts plan and carry out much of their own agenda. Like cubs, there are several ranks that can be attained with Eagle Scout being the highest. Troop 263 has an excellent record in having scouts attain the rank of Eagle, an accomplishment demonstrating the highest level of character and achievement to college recruiters, company executives, and many others that will influence their lives.

The BSA’s goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to instill typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking. In order to further these outdoor activities, the BSA has four high-adventure bases: Northern Tier (Minnesota, Manitoba, and Ontario), Philmont Scout Ranch (New Mexico), Sea Base (Florida), and Summit Bechtel Reserve (West Virginia).

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.

A Scout is:

TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.

HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.

KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.

BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.