Laurel Highlands Council, BSA

Who We Are

For over 100 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been 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. 

The 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. 

The Scout Law:  A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. 

Through its programs, the BSA positively impacts the lives and development of youth through the following core principles:  strengthen family relationships; foster self-esteem through personal achievement; teach healthy living skills; and develop a sense of personal and community responsibility.  

Locally, the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA serves Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Greene, Indiana, Somerset and Washington and portions of Armstrong, Huntingdon, Westmoreland and Fayette Counties, in Pennsylvania; Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland and Grant, Hampshire, Hardy and Mineral Counties in West Virginia. Currently, the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA directly serves over 19,000 youth.

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What We Do

BSA programs serve young men ages 7-20, and young women ages 14-20 in partnership with community organizations who offer Scouting as part of their outreach to youth.  Programs are based on age and grade level: Cub Scouts serving boys grades 1-5; Boy Scouts serving boys grades 6-12; Venturing and Exploring serving young men and women ages 14-20.  Each program has its own curriculum and is led by volunteers, selected by the organization, who develop the program schedule to suit the needs of its members. 

Scouting programs and activities foster the development of tangible character competencies which lead to vital and positive life outcomes in school success, interpersonal relationships, civic engagement, and career success.  In particular, the Cub Scout program focuses on the attainment of seven character competencies of courage; health and fitness; positive attitude; honesty; respect; responsibility and perseverance.

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500 Galleria Dr., Ste. 180
Johnstown, PA 15904
Contact: Michele Brenneman
Contact Title: Development Director
Phone: 814-471-1090
Fax: 814-471-1094
Email: michele.brenneman@scouting.org
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