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What is Scouts BSA?

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience where boys and girls can have their share of adventure in the great outdoors. Develop a love of service by volunteering in your community, boost your leadership skills through fun and exciting challenges, and create memories of a lifetime with no prior Scouting experience required!

The Scouts BSA program is for youth aged 11-17.

Scouting Builds character and instills values for a lifetime.

A Scout is...

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind...

...Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

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Scouting is a value-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct and honesty. One year in a Scout troop will teach skills that will serve them for life. They will learn basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship training, leadership skills, self-reliance, and how to get along with others. Scouting will prepare them to live a more productive and fulfilling life.


The patrol method gives Scouts an experience on group living and participating citizenship. It places a certain amount of responsibility on young shoulders and teaches Scouts how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to act in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected representatives.


Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. It is here that skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose.


Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps to overcome them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his advancement and, by participating in the troop program, progresses as they overcome each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each advancement, which helps them gain self-confidence.

Personal Growth

As Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method of Scouting. Youth grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others.

Leadership Development 

Scouts BSA encourages youth to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps them accept the leadership roles of others and guides them toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.


The uniform makes the Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a positive youth image in the community. Scouts BSA is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that shows each Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Scout identity in a world brotherhood of youth who believe in the same ideals.

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