Scouts – boys or girls – go camping, hiking, and boating, explore their interests through more than 130 Merit Badges, and learn how to lead others while working toward Scouts BSA’s highest rank: Eagle. Scouts will imagine, plan, and carry out their own service projects, bringing to life the values of being Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, and Kind. Whether it’s a fun outdoor trip or a service project close to home, Scouts often learn the greatest lessons when something doesn’t go as planned – and figure out how to “get the job done” anyway.
For youth in Grades 6-12
Scouts BSA is a year-round program designed to promote character, leadership, citizenship, and physical fitness in boys while instilling the fundamental values of Scouting. Scouts BSA is open to all youth from grades 6-12, whether or not they have participated in Cub Scouts. Local BSA groups are called troops and may be boy-only or girl-only; there are no co-ed troops.
Scouts BSA learn the value of hard work, and reap the benefits of seeing it pay off. Youth plan and lead their own peer activities as well as the troop’s event calendar, including service opportunities, outdoor adventures, and leadership development programs with adult oversight. Scouts are introduced to countless hobbies, interests, sciences, and even future career choices. They are encouraged to work on their own to earn awards and advance in rank, earning specific merit badges while also working toward the most prestigious rank – Eagle Scout. By taking on these responsibilities, Scouts BSA develop and promote teamwork while learning to lead as well as follow.
Scouts BSA provides lifelong lessons as youth are encouraged to reflect on the Scout Oath and Law and how those values can help them make moral and ethical choices throughout the rest of their lives.