Youth organizations in the United States
Youth organizations in the United States are of many different types. The largest is the government run 4-H program followed by the federally chartered but private Scouting movement groups: the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA. Another somewhat smaller but co-ed scouting derived group is Camp Fire. Other youth groups are religious youth ministries such as evangelical Christian Awana, Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders, and Assemblies of God Royal Rangers.
Smaller scouting like groups include the Christian Trail Life USA for boys and American Heritage Girls for girls and the non-denominational co-ed Navigators USA and pagan but non-discriminatory SpiralScouts International.
- 1 Scouting organizations
- 2 Catholic youth ministries
- 3 Protestant youth ministries
- 3.1 Caravan
- 3.2 Christian Service Brigade
- 3.3 Dynamic Youth Ministries
- 3.4 Frontier Girls
- 3.5 Pioneer Clubs
- 3.6 Salvation Army
- 3.7 Southern Baptist Convention
- 4 Earth scouting
- 5 Youth wings of political parties
- 6 Religious
- 7 Other
- 8 Other groups external links
- 9 References
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of the USA
Baden-Powell Service Association
- Not to be confused with Baden-Powell Scouts Association, in the US that may have gone by Baden-Powell Service Association also and operated from 2002 to around 2010.
The Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) is a traditional scouting organization that is open & inclusive and takes its name from the Scouting movement founder, Robert Baden-Powell. The BSPA is a member of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).[is 1]
The BPSA formed with an adult-only component, Rovers, in 2006. David Atchley, an Eagle Scout in the BSA, joined up in 2008, after being asked to leave his local Greater St. Louis Area Council after attempting to create a non-discrimination policy for the Cub Scout pack he was Cubmaster for. He started forming youth units. In 2009, Atchley became commissioner. By 2011, the association had a handful of units. BPSA reincorporated in 2012 plus added 35 more groups between then and July 2013.
The BPSA is split into 4 age levels, or sections:
Catholic youth ministries
|Formation||August 4, 1925|
1500 local units
|Owner||Knights of Columbus|
Columbian Squires is a Catholic boys Scout-like organization run by the Knights of Columbus. The Squires considers itself to be an athletic team, a social club, youth and civic improvement group, management training, a civil rights group and spiritual development program.
The Columbian Squires started in 1925.
In December 2012, the Knights of Columbus was sued over supposed sexual abuse that occurred in Brownsville, Texas by adult Columbian Squires leaders in the 1970s and 1980s.
Local groups are called Circles. The programs five advancement levels are:
- Shield Bearer
- Squire of the Body of Christ.[is 3]
|Owner||The Brotherhood of the Iron Will|
The Kepha program had monthly retreats and shared daily prayers for brotherhood. Member have 2 AM two-hour Eucharistic adoration called "Yawns For Jesus". They go camping but required cold showers for discipline. The service work they do includes visiting nursing homes and hospitals.
Troops of St. George
|Formation||May 24, 2013|
The Troops of Saint George, briefly the Scouts of Saint George, is a Catholic boys' alternative scouting organization focusing on father-son camping and catechetics through outdoor experiences. The organization's "hard launch" took place on January 1, 2014.
The formation of the Scouts of St. George was announced by Taylor Marshall in May 2013 in response to the Boy Scouts of America changing its membership policies for same-sex attracted youth. The program was planned to be free, open source, grassroots and a traditional boy scout program with no 501(c)3 non-profit status (so as to keep government interference to minimum). By October, the Scouts of St. George was forced due to the Boy Scouts of America's ownership of the "Scouts" trademark to change its name to "Troops of St. George" and the organization filed for 501(c)3 status around the same time.
Their "Trinitarian Salute" is "three fingers of the right hand (index, middle, ring) out, and with the pinky and thumb joined signifying that the divine nature of Christ is joined to His human nature: fully God and fully man as taught at the Catholic Council of Chalcedon".
Protestant youth ministries
|Owner||Church of the Nazarene|
Caravan is a Christian Scout-like organization run by the Church of the Nazarene. With a first through sixth grade co-ed membership, the organization has 600 US clubs which focus on church doctrine. There about 150 BSA troops affiliated with Nazarene Churches.
One of Caravan's forerunners was started in the 1930s by LeRoy Haynes as Boy's Works. As it spread from church to church. the program was picked up in 1934 by Nazarene's Southern California district as its boy's program under Haynes direction. The next year, Girl's Works was started up under Jeanne Haynes. The Works programs spread past outside the district and even was promoted at the 1936 General Assembly through a display.
Rev. W. W. Clay, also in the 1930s, developed two Christian principles program for kids: Bluebirds for young children and Pioneers for older children. With Rev. Milton Bunker, an Eagle Scout, Clay promoted these club programs and continued to develop them.
With inadequate materials and competing programs, the 1940 General Assembly formed a Commission on Boys' and Girls' Work that met November 17–18 in Santa Cruz, California. The Commission was composed of six western districts' representatives, three members of the commission on Boys' and Girls' Work, and two members of the Department of Church Schools. This Commission decided to replace the existing club programs with its own program. The Board of General Superintendents approved this Commission's program while a committee developed and wrote the books.
Caravan was started in 1946 with the release of the first Caravan book, Trailmarker for boys ages 12 and up. Books that followed were Pathmarker (girls ages 12+), Signals (boys ages 9 to 11), and Signs (girls ages 9 to 11). That fall, the first official Nazarene Caravan club in the United States was started by Millington Church of the Nazarene in Michigan under Rev. Bunker. In 1948, Bunker was appointed the first general director of Caravan. Carol Wordsworth of Youngstown, Ohio in October 1949 at a district Caravan Round-up was the first person to be granted the Phineas F. Brezee award. In 2005, the program was revised with the addition of the Core Values badges and modified or added skill badges.
Caravan's grade level groups are:
- Searchers (1-2)
- Explorers (3-4)
- Adventurers (5-6).
Adults leaders of a group are called guides. Earning badges is an optional part in this program.
The Milton Bunker Award is granted to those Searchers completing the necessary two-year requirements.
The Phineas F. Brezee award, named after the Church of the Nazarene founding pastor, is the highest award in Caravan. A member earns the award upon completion of eight core values studies, 16 Articles of Faith, 32 skill badges, four ministry projects and four missionary books. Additional awards, the Esther Carson Winans and Haldor Lillenas awards, are achievable using the requirements from the Brezee award.
Christian Service Brigade
|Headquarters||Hamburg, New York|
Christian Service Brigade is an Evangelical Christian boys Scout type of organization run by the CSB Ministries. The organization has chartered 300 units with members in the first through 12th grades and works to build boys’ character with a Bible emphasis. CSB is a partner of the GEMS Girls Clubs.[is 3]
Christian Service Brigade was established in 1937 by Joe Coughlin in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with a Methodist Sunday School sixth-grade boys class in conjunction with Wheaton College's Christian Service Council. Soon in 1939, an affiliated girls group was founded, Girls' Guild. Both groups received backing from Herbert J. Taylor's Christian Workers' Foundation starting in 1943. The Guild became Pioneer Girls in 1940 and remained a division of CSB until 1944.
The Brigade is split into 4 age levels:
- Tadpoles (ages 4–5)
- Tree Climbers (ages 6–7)
- Stockade (ages 8–11), and
- Battalion (ages 12–18).
The organization uses uniforms similar to the BSA. CSB runs a few shape and race events: the Shape N Race Derby wood car race for the Stockade level,[is 3] and the Shape N Sail Derby boat race and Shape N Sled Derby, model sleds raced in the rain gutter packed with snow with a depression as a trail. The equivalent rank to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout is the rank of "Herald of Christ".
The CSB runs 11 camps:
- Stony Glen Camp, Madison, Ohio
- Wilderness Ridge Brigade Camp, Bastrop, Texas
- Camp Teepee Pole, Sundra, Albera, Canada
- Sequoia Brigade Camp, Concord, California
- New England Frontier Camp, Lovell, Maine
- Camp Kaskitowa, Michigan
- Camp Nathanael, Minnesota
- Northern Frontier Camp, New York
- Hickory Hill Brigade Camp, New York
- Haycock Camping Ministries, Pennsylvania
- Hemlock Wilderness Brigade Camp, Wardensville, West Virginia
Dynamic Youth Ministries
Calvinist Cadet Corps
|Headquarters||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Owner||Dynamic Youth Ministries|
Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent non-denominational Christian boys Scout-like organization usually affiliated with Christian Reformed Church. Currently, the Corps has about 440 US clubs with weekly meeting including a Bible lesson. Members range in grade from first to high school. Merit badges are tied into Scripture and weekly meetings includes Bible lessons.
The Calvinist Cadet Corps was officially founded in 1952 in Reformed churches as the Dutch of the Reformed Christian Churches supported Dutch parallel programs compared to the Dutch of the Reformed Churches who generally joined the general organization. While the Calvinettes and Young Calvinist Federation duplicated the Girls Scouts and Christian Endeavour respectively.
The Corps is split into 5 ministries, or levels:
- Kingdom Kids (ages 4–5, and the only coed level)
- Junior Cadets (grades 1-3)
- Recruit-Pathfinder-Builder (grades 4-6)
- Guide Trails (grades 7-9)
- Voyageurs (grades 9-11).
The organization uses uniforms similar to the BSA.[is 3]
GEMS Girls' Clubs
|Headquarters||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Owner||Dynamic Youth Ministries|
GEMS Girls' Clubs, formerly Calvinettes, is an independent non-denominational Christian girls Scout-like organization usually affiliated with Christian Reformed Churches. GEMS is an acronym for "Girls Everywhere Meeting The Savior". GEMS is also affiliated with the Christian Service Brigade.[is 3]
The Calvinettes were founded in 1958 as the Dutch of the Christian Reformed Churches supported Dutch parallel programs compared to the Dutch of the Reformed Churches who generally joined the general organization, the Girl Scouts. While the Calvinist Cadet Corps and Young Calvinist Federation duplicated the Boy Scouts and Christian Endeavour respectively.
|Formation||July 2007, 1|
|Owner||Frontier Girls, LLC|
|Website||Frontier Girls Clubs.com|
Frontier Girls was found in 2007 by Kerry Cordy as she felt that Girls Scouts had moved away from skills and badges. After complaints that FG was for heterosexual girls only, Cordy developed a Quest Club program for restriction-free groups to start their own scouting program.
Believe in God (any higher power) and living by the Frontier promise are membership requirements.[about 1] Frontier Girls wear red, white and blue uniforms with the red vest available through the program while the blue shirts and slacks are not.[about 1]
Girls can work on over a thousand badges in nine Areas of Discovery: Art, Home, Technology, Character, the World, Health & Fitness, Outdoors, Agriculture and Knowledge. Frontier Girls has the only set of Character badges with the requirement of earning one such badge a year. There are four badges (Emergency Preparedness, Etiquette, and either the Patriotism or Our Flag Badge) that all troops must earn once every three years, thus a girl would earn these badges at each level.[about 1]
The girls can earn the same award, some with variant names, at the different age levels:
- Servant's Heart Award, community service hours
- Life Skills Achievement Award, show proficiency at a several life skills
- Make a Difference Award, community service project leadership
- Reaching for the Stars Award, available at the Butterfly and Eagle levels, majoring in an Area of Discovery
- Gem Awards, highest award at each level.[about 2]
|level name||grades[about 1]||Servant's Heart Award||Make a Difference Award||Gem Award[about 2]|
|Otter||K-2 (min. age 5)||5 hours, Red Heart||3–5 hours||Topaz|
|Dolphin||3-5||10, Silver Heart||10–15 hours||Sapphire|
|Butterfly||6-8||15, Gold Heart||20–25 hours||Emerald|
|Eagle||Grades 9-12||20, Gold Diamond Heart||40–50 hours||Diamond|
A troop may consist of all age levels as the meeting time is splitting between age level activities and joint activities.[about 1]
- Quest Clubs, affiliated program
Harriet Brehm (honorary)
Pioneer Clubs, formerly Girls' Guild and Pioneer Girls, is a Christian Scout-like organization run by the Pioneer Ministries. The Ministries consist of four divisions: Pioneer Girls, Pioneer Boys, Pioneer Clubs, and Clubes Pioneros.
Girls' Guild was founded in 1939 as an affiliated girls group of the Christian Service Brigade by Joe Coughlin and Betty Whitaker, 1st program director, on the request of Harriet Brehm, a sister of a Brigade member. In 1940, the Guild held its first summer camp at Fish Lake, Volo, Illinois. A new director took over in 1940, Viola Waterhouse, and another in 1941, Carol Erickson.
The Girls' Guild in 1941 was revamped and renamed by Erickson to the Pioneer Girls (PG). In 1943, Erickson approached Herbert J. Taylor who through his Christian Workers' Foundation funded the PG, gave advice, free administrative support and gave them office space in Chicago's Civic Opera Building. Taylor also had the organization form its first board of director and had them incorporate by the end of 1943. The PG also started buying camps all called Camp Cherith. From 1939 to 1950, the main source of church club sponsors were Baptist, although there was a range of different denomination also sponsoring. In 1953, PG's headquarters was moved. In 1959, a mystery book series featuring two Pioneer Girls called the Pioneer Girls Adventure Series releasing at least three books.
With the camping program and camp expansion in 1971, the camps were placed in a separate corporation then a licensing agreement tied them back to Pioneer Girls.
In 1979, boys were allowed membership and had their own Pioneer Boys clubs in 1981. The Pioneer Girls in 1981 was renamed Pioneer Ministries, but known as Pioneer Clubs. In 1945, clubs were started in Canada. By 1976, the organization owned 19 camps in the USA and 6 in Canada. Also while dropping the pioneer theme, sister organizations were set up in 16 other countries including France, Italy, Korea, Pakistan with more in Latin American, Caribbean and Africa. In Thailand where its branch was founded by Pioneer alumni and missionary Joan Killilea, the branch was called the Friendship Club.
Clubs can be operated under three formats based on the number and ages of the kids: Pioneer (for churches with 3-12 children per age group), Discovery (for total of 3-12 kids from K-6) and Exploring (lots of kids grades 1-6). Pioneer program is split into 5 age levels:
- Skipper – ages 2 & 3
- Scooter – ages 4 & 5
- Voyager – grades 1 – 2
- Pathfinder – grades 3 – 4
- Trailblazer – grades 5 – 7
- Pioneer Girls at Vintagekidstuff.com
|Website||Eastern USA official website|
Adventure Corps, or The Salvation Army Boys' Adventure Corps, is a Christian Scout-like organization run by the Salvation Army. Currently, the organization has about 1,300 units of grades 1-8 boys. The boys do not have to be a member of a Salvation Army congregation. In addition to the Adventure Corps, the Salvation Army has sponsored 130 Boy Scout troops. The Salvation Army from 1913 ran the LifeSaving Scouts/Guards-Boys teen age program to 1929 when it merged with the Boy Scouts of America.
The Adventure Corps was established in January 1983.
- Moonbeams @ The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Youth Department - girls and boys in pre-k and kindergarten
- Sunbeams @ The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Youth Department
- Girl Guards - grades 6 - 12
Southern Baptist Convention
At the Southern Baptist Convention's meeting on June 11–12, 2013, the convention recommended that Southern Baptist Churches disaffiliate from the Boy Scouts of America and joint alternative organization particularly those run by the Southern Baptist Convention.
|Owner||Woman’s Missionary Union
(Southern Baptist Convention)
The Challengers program is to equip boys in "mission education."
|Founder||Woman’s Missionary Union|
|Owner||Woman’s Missionary Union &
North American Mission Board
(Southern Baptist Convention)
Royal Ambassadors (RA) is a Christian boys Scout-like organization run by the Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention. About 3,000 SBC churches sponsors groups. There are some Southern Baptist churches sponsoring Boy Scout troops. The name of the program was selected from the New Testament, where Christians are told by the Apostle Paul to be "ambassadors for Christ."
As the RA continued to grow, a convention-wide full-time RA secretary was needed in 1943. The Brotherhood Commission took over the program in 1954. In 1997 that Memphis-based SBC agency was discontinued through a merger forming the North American Mission Board. With a shift in strategy, the board turned over regular operation of the RA in 2011.
The programs' age groups are Lads (grades 1-3), and Crusaders (4-6). The RA wooden mini-car race is called RA Racers. There is no uniform but they generally wear a T-shirt and own a vest to display their earned badges. Members can earn six "campcraft" patches: Discover 1/2/3, Hiker, Camper, Woodsman. But the program is for missionary training and development.[is 3] Thus, merit patches are earn for mission work and Bible verse memorization.
|Owner||Earth Charter US|
Earth Scouts was founded in 2002. The Boy Scouts of America owning the trademark to Scouts forced Earth Scouts to change their name a decade later to Earth Champs. By July 2013, 4 chapters were operational with 4 more in start up.
Earth Champs program is to get children interest and involved in activities that support living sustainably and the environment.
Kids for Earth
|Headquarters||Hillsdale, New Jersey|
|Owner||United for Earth|
Youth wings of political parties
- Armenian Youth Federation - founded in 1933, youth wing of the socialist Armenian Revolutionary Federation
- Georgia Teen Republicans - founded in 1978
- National Socialist Liberation Front - A neo-Nazi youth group that existed from 1969 until sometime in the 1980s
- Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade - succeeded by the Revolutionary Student Brigade both existed during the 1980s.
- Socialist Youth League (United States) - existed from 1946 to 1954 and eventually merged with the Young People's Socialist League (1907).
- Teen Age Republicans
- W.E.B. Du Bois Clubs of America
- Young Communist League USA
- Young Democratic Socialists
- Young Democrats of America
- Young People's Socialist League
- Young People's Socialist League (1907)
- Young Pioneers of America
- Young Republicans
- Young Socialist Alliance
- Epworth League - Methodist youth group founded in 1889
- First Priority - middle and high school evangelical Christian clubs founded in 1996
- Generation Joshua - Conservative Christian political group founded in 2003
- AFS Intercultural Programs - International youth exchange program, founded in 1915
- Boy Spies of America - existed during World War I to seek out spies
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Campus Kitchen - founded in 2001, works to have extra food from campus kitchens donated to people in need
- Children's Express - existed 1975-2001, news agency run by children ages 8 to 18
- Federation of Galaxy Explorers - founded in 2002
- Freedom's Answer - founded 2002(?), supports voter registration and turnout
- Girls For A Change - Girls implementing social change projects, founded 2002
- Girls, Inc. - Roots back to 1865 but national since 1945
- Ignition (student training) - Student to student high school mentoring program
- Junior Birdmen - existed during the 1930s for boys interested in model airplanes
- Junior G-Men - existed during the late 1930s and early 1940s for boys
- Junior State of America - A high school club founded in 1934 to develop political leadership skills. Claims about 10,000 members
- Link Crew - student to student mentoring program
- Mexican American Youth Organization - civil rights organization founded in 1967
- National FFA Organization - At one time Future Farmers of America but name changed in 1988. Founded in 1928. Membership of 610,245 in 2014.
- National High School Rodeo Association - Incorporated in 1961 but roots back to 1947.
- National Junior Horticultural Association - founded in 1934
- National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization - founded in 1980
- National Student Association - an association of university student governments founded in 1947 and merged with the National Student Lobby in 1978 to form the United Statues Student Association
- National Student Federation of America - an association of university student governments that existed from 1925 until the Second World War. succeeded by the National Student Association
- National Junior Firefighter Program
- National Youth Administration - A New Deal agency dealing with youth aged 16 through 25 from 1935 until 1943
- New Farmers of America- African-American version of Future Farmers of America founded in 1935 and merged with Future Farmers of America in 1965.
- Running Start: Bringing Young Women to Politics
- SUSTA The Federation of Ukrainian Student Organizations of America - founded in 1953
- Safe Schools/Healthy Students
- Southern Negro Youth Congress - existed from 1937 until 1949
- Students Today Leaders Forever - founded in 2003
- Taiwanese American Foundation
- Teens in Prevention
- The Choice Program
- The First Tee - A golfing associated program founded in 1997
- United States Student Association - association of university student governments founded in 1978 with the merger of the National Student Association and the National Student Lobby
- United States Youth Council - existed from 1945 until 1986
- Urban debate league
- White Stag Leadership Development Program
- YMCA Youth and Government
- Young Judaea - Zionist youth organization
- Youth Activism Project - founded in 1992
- Keepers of the Faith - is an independent, decentralized purchasable Christian Scout-like program that originated in the United States with separate programs for boys, Contenders for the Faith, and girls (formerly Keepers at Home), though they can be coordinated, and there can be overlap in the skills learned and activities.
- Young Vikings Club[dead link] - is a Norse heathen teenage boys Scout-like organization
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