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.
Boy Scouts 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 Boy Scouting 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.
Advancement, Awards, Recognitions
There are more than 150 awards you can earn as a Boy Scout. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge, or one of the many other individual awards, there is plenty for you to set
your sights on.
Check out where to put all of your patches on your uniform.
Order of the Arrow
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. The OA focuses on service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults. Find out more here.
“Scouting taught me to seek out the best version of myself, to work hard for the things I want to accomplish, because anything worth doing is worth working hard for.”
– Jacob O.
Resources at TroopLeader.org
General Troop Information
Resources at Program Resources.org
Scout Meeting Activities