A boy is a young male human , as contrasted to its female counterpart, girl, or an adult male, a man.The term "boy" is primarily used to indicate biological sex distinctions, cultural gender role distinctions or both...
or a girl
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, usually 11 to 18 years of age, participating in the worldwide Scouting
Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society....
movement. Because of the large age and development
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span, many Scouting associations have split this age group
Age groups in Scouting and Guiding
National Scouting and Guiding organisations are divided into different age groups in order to deliver the Scouting and Guiding programmes for a full range of youth.-History:...
into a junior and a senior section. Scouts are organized into troops
The Scout troop is a unit of Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts that usually meet weekly. Girl Guides often use Unit or Company instead. The troop is the fundamental unit, which a Scout joins and via which he or she participates in Scouting activities, such as camping, backpacking, and...
averaging twenty to thirty Scouts under guidance of one or more Scout Leader
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s. Troops subdivide into patrol
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s of about six Scouts and engage in outdoor and special interest activities.