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Be a Scout

Scouts BSA is a program offered by the Boy Scouts of America for youths who are 11 to 17 years old (grades 6 through 12). Beginning in 2020, girls were allowed to be a Scout for the first time since the organization was founded in 1910.

To be a scout, the first step is to find a unit ("troop"), that is a good fit for your son or daughter. Some important considerations are when and where the troop meets, how often the Scouts go camping, how many Scouts are in the troop and whether your kid knows any of them, how the troop fundraises, etc. It is a good idea to visit several troops before making a decision.

You can find out which Scouts BSA troops are located near you through word of mouth, or by using the BSA's "Find Scouting Near You" search feature.


New Scout Parent Guide, Planner & Organizer



Get Ready for Scouts BSA with the Smooth Sailing
eGuide + Planner and Organizer Binder for new and
continuing Scout parents. Updated January 2020.