Boy Scouting

Boy Scouts

Being A Boy Scout

Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys around ages 11 – 17. Through the Boy Scout program, young men can achieve the core objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness, and good citizenship.

Boy Scout Emblem

Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.

Activities
Learn more about the kinds of things that Scouts do—and learn to do them better—with the resources in this section. View activities on scouting.org

Events
Information about special events in Scouting, including the national Scout jamboree, JOTA, conferences, and troop open houses. View Events on scouting.org

Camping
Summer camp programs, including patrol cooking and high adventure trek programs, are offered at Sabattis Scout Reservation, home of the James “Marmaduke” Seton Trek Center.

Awards
Reference material about some of the awards and recognitions available to Boy Scouts. About Awards on scouting.org

Opportunities
A number of opportunities such as training courses, summer jobs, scholarships, and special programs are available to Boy Scouts. About opportunities on scouting.org

Publications
These informational resources are provided to assist you in your role as a troop member. Publications listed on scouting.org

Merit Badges
The national council of the Boy Scouts of America has published online the requirements to all merit badges, including the 100th Anniversary merit badges. You can find this information here: Merit Badge information on scouting.org.

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