To become a Scout you must be a boy who has completed the 5th grade, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, or be 11 years old, but not yet 18.At your first troop meeting, your Scoutmaster will explain the joining requirements of the Boy Scouts of America.
Attend Troop Meetings:
We would like you to attend at least one weekly Troop meeting (more if possible) before you make your decision on a troop. Attending more than one troop meeting will allow you to see how the troop interacts and could give you a better idea of a troop if you attended a particularly good or bad meeting.
Complete an Application:
Get a Boy Scout Membership Application from the Scoutmaster and have your parent or guardian sign the application.
Complete a Medical Form:
Before you can go camping with us you must obtain a Medical Form from the Scoutmaster or web site and have it completed by your parents and your doctor. Any special medical problems should also be brought to the Scoutmaster's attention. (ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies etc..)
That the purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts.
Sec. 3, federal charter, Boy Scouts of America June 15, 1916, by the United States Congress
Two kinds of charters are issued by the Boy Scouts of America: one to community organizations and the other to BSA local councils. The first enables community groups to use the Scouting program under their own leadership as a service to their children, youth, and families. The other empowers local councils to help chartered organizations effectively use the Scouting program and to expand the use of the program to other community groups.
How Community Organizations Use the Scouting Program
Schools, community and religious organizations, and groups, with the help of the BSA, organize Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturer crews, and Learning for Life groups for children and youth. They manage these units and control the program of activities to support the goals and objectives of the chartered organizations. When community organizations establish a new unit, they must take these two important actions to ensure a quality Scouting program:
1. Selecting leadership
The head of the chartered organization appoints a chartered organization representative to provide leadership in the selection of a committee of adults that will provide overall supervision for the unit's program. The committee selects the adult unit leaders who will work with the youth. The chartered organization representative is also a voting member of the local council and may serve as a member of the district committee.
2. Providing a meeting place and promoting a good program
The chartered organization arranges for adequate meeting facilities for the unit and promotes through its committee the full use of the program, including outdoor experiences, advancement, recognitions, and, in particular, Scouting's values.
How the BSA Supports the Community Organization
To support approximately 124,000 Scouting units owned and operated by chartered organizations, more than 300 BSA councils provide professional counseling and administration, commissioner service, training for leaders, camping and outdoor facilities, program materials and literature, planning tools, and other program aids. Councils also maintain records on units and their membership, provide rank certificates and merit badge cards, and maintain service centers where badges, insignia, literature, and other helps can be obtained. In addition, council representatives conduct annual charter review conferences with chartered organization personnel to evaluate how effectively the Scouting program is being delivered and how it might be improved.