Scouts BSA

What is Scouts BSA? 

Boy Scouts get away from it all! They camp, hike, and fish in the great outdoors. They get together in troops and try out new experiences.

This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. The 3 aims of scouting, Character development, Citizenship training, and Personal fitness, become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.


Scouts BSA Troops and Councils


Boy Scout Troops are the heart of local scouting, serving as close-knit groups of youth and adult volunteers. Focused on character development, leadership skills, and outdoor adventures, troops provide a nurturing environment where young scouts can grow into responsible and capable individuals.

Patrol Method

Each patrol, a tight group of 6-12 scouts, functions as a unique unit within a troop, promoting teamwork and trust. Scouts assume various leadership roles, from Patrol Leader to specialized positions, fostering decision-making and delegation skills. This method not only imparts hands-on skills vital for life’s challenges but also nurtures friendships and unity. With each patrol comprising a handful of members, scouts become active contributors, mastering diverse skills and forming bonds that last a lifetime.

Youth Leadership NLYT

National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.



Second Class

First Class





Merit Badges

Merit badges are a central part of the Boy Scouting experience, providing Scouts with opportunities to explore diverse interests, develop new skills, and expand their knowledge. Through the pursuit of merit badges, Scouts can delve into subjects ranging from outdoor adventures and STEM disciplines to arts and crafts and community service. Earning merit badges not only enhances a Scout’s personal growth but also contributes to their advancement within the Scouting program. The badges serve as tangible reminders of their accomplishments and the valuable lessons learned along the way.

Eagle Scout Project

The Eagle Scout Service Project is the culminating requirement for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest distinction in Boy Scouting. It represents a Scout’s dedication to leadership, service, and problem-solving through the planning and execution of a meaningful project that benefits their community. Eagle Scout projects are as diverse as the communities they serve, ranging from constructing hiking trails and beautifying parks to providing educational programs and assisting local organizations. 


 Parents in a Scout BSA Troop play an integral role as encouraging supporters, actively participating in their child’s scouting journey. From providing logistical support to fostering a sense of community, parents contribute to the troop’s success by nurturing their scout’s character, growth, and enthusiasm for adventure.

Adult Leaders

 Adult leaders in a Scout BSA Troop serve as dedicated mentors, guiding young scouts through a comprehensive scouting experience. Through their commitment to providing a positive and inclusive environment, these leaders facilitate skill-building, leadership development, and a sense of community, embodying the values and spirit of the scouting program.

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