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Scouts BSA

What is Scouts BSA?

Scouts BSA is a year-round program for youth 11-17 years old that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves.

For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America is open to young women as well as young men, all of whom will have the chance to earn Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Scouts BSA - How to Start a Unit and Leadership Requirements

What you need to Start a Unit: 


Minimum leadership positions:

  • 1 – Chartered Organization Representative (CR)

  • 1 – Committee Chair (CC)

  • 2 – Committee Members (MC)

  • 1 – Scoutmaster

  • Unit can have as many Assistant Scoutmasters (SA) as necessary.

  • Minimum of Youth members needed is 5 PAID.

  • If a unit serving young ladies the Scoutmaster or at least one Assistant Scoutmaster (over 21) must be female.


Adult Leadership Requirements: 

  • Minimum age is 21, except for Assistant Scoutmaster, who may be 18.

  • Leaders can be male or female.

  • Transfers are allowed.

  • Multiple registrations are allowed.

  • Membership fee for 12 months is $42.00.

  • Leaders receive a bi-monthly magazine called Scouting.

  • Scout Life magazine subscription for 12 months is $24.00.

  • There are no exceptions to standard requirements.

  • Adult Leaders are subject to background checks and must take Youth Protection Training.


Youth Membership Requirements: 

  • Youth ages 10 1/2 to 17.

  • Have completed the 5th grade or be 11 years old or earned the Arrow of Light Award but has not reached the age of 18.

  • Transfers are allowed.

  • Multiple registrations are allowed with a Crew or Ship.

  • Membership fee for 12 months is $66.00 with an additional $25 fee for first-time registrants.

  • Scout Life subscription for 12 months is $24.00.

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Troop Open House


The Boy Scout troop open house allows a troop to swing open its doors and roll out the red carpet to welcome guests. It provides a forum to show off Scouting activities and the troop's accomplishments. It is an effective tool to reach youth who have never tried Scouting.

Youth join Scouting for the fun and outdoor adventure. Parents want them to join for completely different reasons—character building and leadership training. Contact our Service Center at 203-734-3329 for more information.

Links to High Adventure Programs
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