Scouts BSA is for youth 11 to 17 years of age. Cub Scouts may advance to Scouts BSA if they have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old. With more than 130 Merit Badges—from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival—Scouts BSA is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Youth in Scouts BSA explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle. Add in outdoor adventures, hiking and camping, and Scouts BSA gives youth experience that will benefit them throughout their life.
This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the sixth grade through high school. Service, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
While there is guidance from experienced leaders, Scouts take their own lead, exploring places they’ve never been as they dive into the rugged world of outdoor adventure. With a spirit of teamwork, they pack up their Scout gear and their sense of adventure, and dive into the learning and excitement that comes from being in the brotherhood of the Boy Scouts.
Scouts BSA has a lot to offer, but don’t let the 130+ merit badges scare you away. With the exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience through earning merit badges that reflect each boy’s budding interests, they unlock a world of discovery around them, and forge their path for the future. By culminating the Scouts BSA experience by earning the rank of Eagle and accomplishing a service project imagined and executed by the Scout himself, he can prove his leadership skills and gain the confidence he needs to excel in life and in the world at large.
- Weekend activities: hiking, camping, canoeing, biking, caving, climbing, shooting sports, cleanup days, work days, and more
- Camporees: camping with other troops, often involving earning merit badges or competition using Scouting skills and knowledge
- Summer camps: weeklong camps with troops learning outdoor skills and earning merit badges
- Scouting shows: gala events demonstrating to the public how Scouting serves youth in the community
- National and World Jamborees: camping events held at four-year intervals where Scouts and leaders from the BSA or the World Scouting Association come together