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Local Events

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.

Apply Online

Many units offer an option to apply online. Simply find a unit offering online registration to begin the application process.

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Contact your Council

Your local council can help you find the right program and unit and assist you in the joining process.

Want to learn more about what the Boy Scouts of America has to offer? Learn more about our programs and the benefits of Scouting for today’s youth.

4 Steps to Join Scouting

We are excited that you are interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America! To help guide you, we have outlined the steps that takes to become a member.

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Locate Your Council

Your council will be able to help you locate the right unit for your needs. Do you need a unit that meets on a certain day of the week or a unit that is chartered to your child’s school? The council will be able to help you locate the unit pack or troop to best meet your individual needs.

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Contact Your Unit

Once you have determined the best unit for your family, contact the unit leader for more information or to find out when their next joining event will be held.

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Complete Application

Your application will take time to be approved by the unit leader. If you have any questions during the application process, contact your unit leader or local council service center.

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Start Your Adventure in Scouting!

Welcome to Scouting! You are now part of the Boy Scouts of America, the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

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Locate Your Council

Your council will be able to help you locate the right unit for your needs. Do you need a unit that meets on a certain day of the week or a unit that is chartered to your child’s school? The council will be able to help you locate the unit pack or troop to best meet your individual needs.

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Contact Your Unit

Once you have determined the best unit for your family, contact the unit leader for more information or to find out when their next joining event will be held.

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Complete Application

Whether it’s through a paper application or through our online registration system, we make it easy to join Scouting. Your application will take time to be approved by the Unit Leader, and fees may be collected at this time. If you have any questions during the application process please contact us here (link to customer care email)

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Start Your Adventure in Scouting!

Welcome to Scouting! You are now part of the Boy Scouts of America, one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States of America and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers.

The Scouting Programs

The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouting

Cub Scouting

Boys and Girls
Grades K-5 (5-10 years old)

Learn More about Cub Scouting

Boy Scouting

Boy Scouting

Boys
Grades 6-12 (11-17 years old)

Learn More about Boy Scouting

Venturing

Venturing

Co-ed
14-20 years old

Learn More about Venturing

Sea Scouting

Sea Scouting

Co-ed
14-20 years old

Learn More about Sea Scouting

Become a Leader

Ask any of our volunteers and they’ll tell you, volunteering with Scouting is as rewarding to them as it is meaningful to the kids. Watching kids grow is one thing — leading them through the process is a whole new experience altogether.

Interested in volunteering? Find a unit near you and get in touch!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

Although there are many resources available to find more information about Scouting, the best is a direct connection with your local unit leadership! From meeting times, to planned activities, they’ll provide answers to all of your Scouting questions.

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.

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 $33 annual registration fee, to your unit’s leadership. They will guide you step-by-step through the process. Haven’t yet found a unit, or need contact information? Click here for options near you!