This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth 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.
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.
Camporees: camping with other troops, involving competition using Scouting skills and knowledge
Summer camps: weeklong camps with troops learning outdoor skills
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