3 Ways to Join
Joining events take place at the beginning of the school year and may be held at your local school or at a local chartered partner. During these events you will have the opportunity to meet with a unit leader, get questions answered, and fill out an application to join Scouting. Contact your local council service center to find out more about joining events.
Many units offer an option to apply online. Simply find a unit offering online registration to begin the application process.
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The Scouting Programs
The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.
Boys and Girls
Grades K-5(5-10 years old)
Grades 6-12(11-17 years old)
Girls are eligible to join Scouts BSA February 2019
14-20 years old
14-20 years old
14-20 years old
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Scouting cost?
When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! The registration fee to join Scouting is $33 annually. In addition, there are one-time uniform costs and nominal activity fees that may be charged by your local unit. Of course, these costs may be offset by unit fundraising and other available scholarship funds. Please contact your local unit leadership for details.
When and how often do Scouts meet?
Meeting times and locations vary. Typically, though, units meet weekly or bi-weekly during the school year and less frequently during the summer. Each individual unit will work to set a meeting location and schedule that is convenient for its members. With a number of units meeting in most neighborhoods, there is sure to be an option that fits within your family’s schedule.
Can special needs children get involved with Scouting?
Absolutely! Scouting seeks to provide the positive outcomes of character development and leadership skills for all eligible youth. Since its founding in 1910, the BSA has guided young men and women of all abilities down their path to success. Based on the individual needs and circumstances involved, unit leadership will work with a child’s parents to ensure a challenging and rewarding Scouting experience.
How do I get more information about Scouting?
Although there are many resources available to find more information about Scouting, the best is a direct connection with a local unit in your neighborhood! From meeting times, to planned activities, they’ll provide answers to all of your Scouting questions. Contact us to learn more.
How do I sign up as a volunteer?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering! There is nothing more rewarding than helping young people take their first steps down the path to success. It’s easy to get started! Simply complete an adult application and submit it, along with the $33 annual registration fee, to your unit’s leadership. They will guide you step-by-step through the process. Are you interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor or getting involved in other ways? Contact us to learn more.
How do I sign my child up for Scouting?
You’ve made a great choice to explore the fun and adventure of Scouting! To get started, simply complete a youth application and submit it, along with the registration fee, to your unit’s leadership. They will guide you step-by-step through the process.