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

Cub Scouts

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

Scouts BSA

Grades 6-12
(11-17 years old)


14-20 years old
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4 Steps to Join Scouting

Step 1

Locate Your Council

Visit to find a unit right for your needs. By requesting more information, Scouts will put you in contact with the Pack or Troop to best meet your goals.

Step 2

Contact your Unit

Once you have located your council and determined the best Unit for your family, you can apply online to join the pack!

Step 3


Your application will then be approved by the Unit leader. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact your Unit Leader and make sure to attend the next meeting.

Step 4

Start Your Adventure in Scouting!

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


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 for youth to join Scouting is $66 annually and there is a one-time joining fee of $25 for new members. There may be additional program or activity fees that may be charged by your local unit or council. 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 $42 annual registration fee (includes cost of background check), 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 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!

Eager To Venture?

Joining as an adult opens the door to adventurous possibilities. Discover the next step.

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Resources for Scouting

We provide all the vital tools you need to make the most of your involvement with the Scouts, whether you are an eager, first-time Den parent or a youth Scout motivated to advance. Find practical supplies and vital resources here.

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