Welcome to Scouting!
First off, we would like to say thank you for your willingness to try out our great organization and all the fantastic benefits it has to offer your child. Scouting is about character development and having confidence in yourself to Be Prepared! Scouting provides programs that build character, encourage mental and physical fitness, and teach the importance of cooperation, citizenship, and responsibility, and working as a team. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure or learning about careers through hands-on experiences, Scouting helps you spend quality time with family, friends, and other caring adults while building self-confidence and living according to the Scout Oath and Law.
Our program is a family program, one that we hope will become part of your family. Our goal is that you will come to enjoy Scouting just as much as your child. This page is designed to help you become familiar with Scouting and hopefully answer some questions you may have.
How do you join?
1. You join a local Scout unit at a school, house of worship, or community organization near you (“unit” is a general term that can mean a Cub Scout Pack, Scouts BSA Troop, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship, STEM Scouts Lab, or Explorer Post).
2. You may already know of a Scout unit in your neighborhood. If not, you can search for a unit near you by visiting www.beascout.org.
If your son or daughter is in middle school or high school and wants to try and earn the rank of Eagle Scout, you’ll want to look for a Scouts BSA Troop to join. Visit this page for additional information on choosing a Scouts BSA Troop.
3. Once you contact the unit you want to join, you’ll fill out a membership application for your child… and we hope you’ll fill out an adult membership application to help as a volunteer (this is especially important in Cub Scouts).
4. Your unit’s adult leaders will make sure your membership forms and fees get to our office, and we’ll file those forms and fees with the Boy Scouts of America.
So, to review: