Get Involved to Help Young People in NYC Today!

Become a Scouting and Exploring Volunteer.


There are so many ways to get involved at the different levels of Scouting and Exploring Programs – We’d love to hear from you, if you have any questions please use the form below.

Unit Level Volunteer:

Behind every trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent Scout is a long line of committed volunteers who share those same traits. Volunteering has always been the very bedrock of the Scouting program. Ask any of our volunteers and they’ll tell you, volunteering with Scouting is as rewarding to them as it is meaningful to the kids. Watching kids grow is one thing — leading them through the process is a whole new experience all together. 

Event Level Volunteer:

The Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America organize and run events for young people throughout the year, culminating with our marquee event ‘The World Championship
Pinewood Derby’ in June. Events take place in all five boroughs year-round including summer
day camps. During these events many hands will make for light work, and a safer environment for participants

Council-wide Committee Member:

Lend your expertise to work behind the scenes on a council-wide committee. Using your time volunteering in a way that applies your knowledge and strengths to help the children of New York City; as a committee member you will have input to shape our councils program, organize events, and ensure our success. Committees include- COPE & Climbing, STEM , Aquatics, Technology (I.T.), Conservation, Advancement, Activities, and Communications.

Merit Badge Event Host:

With more than 135 different merit badges Scouts can learn about business, sports, crafts, science, trades, and future careers as they work on requirements. Join businesses like CNN, Linkedin, and The New York Times, in hosting an event. We’ll coordinate with you to run a program offering a merit badge that ties-in appropriately and gives Scouts the chance to learn about a subject through the lens of your industry. 

Eagle Scout Mentor:

Are you an Eagle Scout living in NYC? A simple way you can be involved and give back is as an Eagle Scout Mentor. Help Scouts to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, by advising them through the process. Lend your advice and insight as they work to manage their time, complete the rank requirements, and organize their service project.

Host a Business Exploring Post:

Partner with the premier career-awareness program for NYC’s high school students.

With the help of the Exploring team, businesses provide a meeting space, recruit staff volunteers, and develop a program agenda. Most organize projects to provide an immersive experience such as site visits, mock trials, investment contests, and marketing plans. A post’s schedule can be tailored to work best for your institution. Typically a business partner will host 3 ninety minute meetings. Through these programs students have the opportunity to network, gain hands-on experience, and build their resume.

From Chelsea V.; Exploring Alumni- 

“I attended over 5 Exploring programs at Citi, AMA, PwC, Boston Properties, and others. Now as a sophomore in college I get to intern every summer and I get to work upon graduation at Ernst and Young. If it weren’t for all the skills and knowledge that Exploring provided me through their workshops, I would have never gotten to where I am today.”

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.