Find Adventure in Scouting
Scouts prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve. After they’ve been given the proper guidance from those with experiences and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they’ve never gone, seeing things they’ve never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character accomplished when everyone else thinks it impossible.
Scouts BSA is for youth age 11, or at least 10 and have completed the fifth grade, or have earned Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award. Scouts can participate in Scouts BSA until their 18th birthday.
Scouts Belong to a Troop and a Patrol
The troop is the fundamental unit of Scouts BSA. This is the group a Scout joins and through which he/she participates in Scouting activities, such as camping, backpacking, and canoeing.
Each Troop is divided into Patrols of six to ten Scouts. Each patrol has a Patrol Leader (PL) and Assistant Patrol Leader (APL). Some troops mix older and younger Scouts in the same patrols, so that the older Scouts can teach the younger ones more effectively. Other troops group Scouts by age, so that the members of one patrol have more in common.
The Patrol Method
Patrols are the building blocks of a Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of youth who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.
Scouts are Active
Outdoor adventure is the promise made to youth when they join Scouting. In the outdoors, Scouts have opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore, canoe, hike trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of a Scout as he/she learns to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges that may include extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, and dealing with nature’s unexpected circumstances.
Scouts Earn Awards
Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The steps in the advancement system help Scouts to grow in self-reliance and in their ability to help others. This culminates in the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout, which includes fulfilling requirements in leadership, service, and outdoor skills.