How to Join the Boy Scouts

This article describes the process of joining the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The BSA has programs for boys from the 1st through 12th grades and accepts girls and boys from age 14 in the Venturing program.

Steps

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    Locate your local Boy Scout Council and contact them for information about joining local units in your area. You can do so by going to this webpage: http://www.scouting.org/localcouncillocator.aspx
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    Give your local council a call. They should help you find out about scouting and get started.
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    If you know where a boy scout troop meets or know a few scouts, just go to a meeting. Contact the troop leadership: the Scoutmaster preferably, to let them know that you will be there. This is probably the best way to join; especially if you have friends in the troop.
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    Ask if you can be a part of the meeting right along with the other guys. Scouting isn't a sideline sport! In the middle of the action is where the fun is.
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    The troop's leadership will tell you more about the joining process.

Tips

  • Boy Scouting is the BSA program for boys from the sixth through twelfth grades. Boy Scouts are organized into units called a 'Troop'.
  • Cub Scouting is the BSA program for boys from the first through fifth grades. Cub Scouts are organized into units called a 'Pack'.
  • A web search with the name of your locality and "Boy Scouts" may turn up Boy Scout Troops, Cub Scout Packs and Venturing or Exploring Units with a web presence. Keep in mind that many units do not have a website.
  • Venturing is the BSA program for boys and girls from the age of 14-21. Venturers are organized into units called a 'crew'. It is recommended that you join Boy Scouting is you are below 16, for Venturing includes "High Adventure" which you may not be ready for until you are 16.
  • Try Scouting out for a few weeks before registering to the BSA. Like everything else in life, make sure it is something that you want to do before you do it.

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Categories: Scouting & Other Youth Groups