1. Meet age Requirements.
2. Be a boy who has completed the fifth grade or is 11 years old; or has earned the Arrow of Light Award, but is under 18 years old.
3. Complete a Boy Scout Joining Application and Health History signed by your parent or guardian.
4. Find a Scout Troop Near your Home.
5. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
6. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
7. Demonstrate tying the square knot.
8. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Law, Motto, and Slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
9. Describe the Scout Badge.
10. Complete the Pamphlet Exercises.
11. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide." (Inside the front cover of the Boy Scout Hand Book)
12. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
13. Turn in your Boy Scout Application and heath history form signed by your parent or guardian, and then participate in a scoutmaster conference.

When you have done these things, the Scoutmaster will give you a certificate of membership, and you can proudly wear the badge and uniform that shows you are a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The Joining requirements were taken out of the Boy Scout Handbook 11th edition.



The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.

This is the traditional Scouting experience for young men in the fifth 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. There are currently 855,000 Boy Scouts and 485,000 adult volunteers in the United States.

While there is guidance from experienced leaders, Boy 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.



Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in the Boy Scouting program. They serve in a variety of jobs—everything from unit leaders to chairmen of troop committees, committee members, merit badge counselors, and chartered organization representatives.

Like other phases of the program, Boy Scouting is made available to community organizations having similar interests and goals. Chartered organizations include professional organizations; governmental bodies; and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and citizens' groups. Each organization appoints one of its members as the chartered organization representative. The organization is responsible for leadership, the meeting place, and support for troop activities.



Several groups are responsible for supporting Boy Scouting: the boy and his parents, the troop, the chartered organization, and the community. Boys are encouraged to earn money whenever possible to pay their own expenses, and they also contribute dues to their troop treasuries to pay for budgeted items. Troops obtain additional income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community, including parents, supports Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting campaigns, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This income provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.