About the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America:

The Greater New York Councils (GNYC) is a local council of the Boy Scouts of America that serves the New York City area. As a council GNYC has a unique structure in that it is sub-divided into boroughs, each led by a borough executive. Boroughs are then divided into districts. The Council has helped over five million young people become “Prepared. For Life.” since its inception in the 1920s.

About Boy Scout of America

The programs of the Boy Scouts of America serve young people by enabling them to develop healthy habits and make positive choices. Scouting values emphasize; a lifelong appreciation of personal fitness, including the prevention of bullying, environmental stewardship & sustainability, leadership development and STEM Education. Scouting is both fun and empowering; introducing young people to careers and preparing them to be active citizens. 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 Law.

About Exploring

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 like you. Together, we equip young people with character, leadership and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Businesses and community organizations initiate a career-specific Exploring post or club by matching their people and organizational resources to the career interests of youth in the community. The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

What is being a Scout in NYC all about?

Greater New York Councils' Programs

Cub Scouts

Boys & Girls Grades K-5

Cub Scouting is fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

Scouts BSA

Youth 11-17 years old

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.


Co-Ed 14-20 years old

Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. You’ll acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where your future takes you, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility – the list goes on!

Sea Scouts

Co-Ed 14-20 years old

Sea Scouting is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 to 20. For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.


Co-Ed 14-20 years old

Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Whether you’re a local organization looking to strengthen the community or a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start.

Whether joining a Greater New York Council's Scouing program at age five or age 17, youth participants will have valuable experiences for wherever the future brings them. Scouting is a community of volunteers and members, participating in activities  that build character, comunity, camaraderie, and fitness.

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The GNYC Council Service Center:

Greater New York Councils, BSA

155 East 56th Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10022


Our new location at 155 East 56th Street, on the Second Floor, will allow for new opportunities and additional access to programs for our Scouts and Explorers, leaders, volunteers, donors, supporters, and community members. We know that the space will lead to a more collaborative and efficient operation which will improve Scouting and Exploring for the youth of NYC. We are excited to announce our new address and to share with you the details of our expanded GNYC Service Center.

Our new Service Center will include a boutique Scout Store, Open 9-5 Monday through Friday. Allowing for patches, emblems and awards to be picked up in Manhattan in addition to our current locations at William H. Pouch Scout Camp and Alpine Scout Camp.

While our official office hours of operation are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, our new location affords GNYC with additional accessible meeting and special event space.

Alpine Scout Camp

441 Rte 9W,

Alpine, NJ 07620

William H. Pouch Scout Camp

1465 Manor Rd,

Staten Island, NY 10314

Ten Mile River Scout Camp

1481 Crystal Lake Rd,

Narrowsburg, NY 12764