Scouts BSA provides boys and girls with authentic leadership experiences through participation in challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness such as camping, outdoor adventures, and community service projects. Scouts BSA encourages youth to be leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. This program is open to youth ages 11-17, who can join after completing the grade five, or after earning their Arrow of Light in Cub Scouts.
Scouting is designed to predominately take place in the outdoors. Outdoor activities allow Scouts to share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It’s outside where skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Nature is the laboratory in which Scouts gain self-esteem, leadership skills, and an appreciation for the world around them.
Scouts travel to amazing places, from the mountains of New Mexico to the Florida Keys. They ride jet-skis, ATVs, horses, and climb 60-foot walls all at summer camp. Scouts plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace. They may 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 him gain self-confidence. Establishing their own goals helps Scouts grow in self-reliance.
Scouts BSA troops meet weekly. They will also participate in a monthly troop activity like camping, bouldering, canoeing, STEM activities, and more.
Every dollar of the national membership fee goes to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to handle the cost of essential services for those participating in approved Scouting activities, program resources, safety standards, youth protection and personal safety training, and services to councils nationwide to sustain Scouting. Learn more about the fees.
Scouting is a volunteer-led program. Each Scout troop is sponsored by a local chartered organization. Parents are welcome and encouraged to get involved as a troop leader or volunteer. Parents and chartered organizations select troop leaders. Scout leaders work with youth and their families, improving the community through fun-filled activities that teach volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and the values of the Scout Oath and Law. By serving as a leader you can help influence the kind of adults that Scouts grow to be. Many tools, resources, and training programs are available to assist volunteers in becoming effective leaders and enjoy their experience.