Scouts prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve. After they've been give the proper guidance from those with experiences and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they've never gone, seeing things they've never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character accomplishment when everyone else thinks it is impossible.
Eagle Scouts In The Making
Scouts BSA provides youth with real-world leadership experiences, camping, outdoor adventures, service projects, and individual recognition.
What Will I Do In Scouts BSA?
Scouting is designed to take place in the outdoors. It's outside that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It's outside that skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Outside is the laboratory in which Scouts gain self-esteem, leadership skills, and an appreciation for the world around them.
Scouts plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace. Choose from 120 interests ranging from game development to wilderness survival. Experts in these fields are ready to provide fun, real-world experiences. A Scout is rewarded for each achievement which helps them gain self-confidence. Setting their own goals helps Scouts grow in self-reliance.
How Often Do We Meet?
Scout troops meet weekly. They'll also participate in a monthly troop activity like camping, bouldering, canoeing, STEM activities, and more.
Who Can Join?
Youth can be Scouts if they are at least 10 years old, currently in the fifth grade and register on or after March 1st; OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18.
What's The Cost?
Click to view current BSA National Membership Fees. Other costs for uniforms, activities, and camping trips are not included in the membership fee. Fundraising programs are available to help keep costs low.
How Does Scouts BSA Include Parents And Guardians?
Scouting is a volunteer-led program. Each Scout troop is sponsored by a local community organization. Parents are welcome and encouraged to get involved as a troop leader or volunteer. Parents and the community organization select troop leaders. Scout leaders have the opportunity to work with Scouts and their families, improving the community through fun-filled activities that teach values of the Scout Oath and Law. By serving as a leader you can help make a positive difference in the kind of adults Scouts grow into.
Many tools, resources, and trainings are available to assist volunteers in becoming effective leaders and enjoy their experience.