Youth 11-17 years old


Scouts BSA 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.


Scouts BSA has a lot to offer, but don’t let the number of merit badges scare you away. With exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to earn merit badges reflecting each Scout’s budding interests, youth unlock a world of discovery around them and forge a path for the future. 

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Advancement and Awards

There are more than 150 awards you can earn as a member of Scouts BSA. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge, or one of the many other individual awards, there’s plenty for you to set your sights on.

Merit Badges

There are more than 135 merit badges, and any Scout, or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time.

The Eagle Rank

Those who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured achievements.

One of the biggest gifts that we can give our son is the gift of independence, and Scouting has provided us that platform to where he gets to learn, develop, and grow the skills he needs and to prove to himself that he can indeed be not only independent but also flourish. 

— Chip, father of Benjamin, Eagle Scout

Troop Leader Resources

Troop Leader Resources provides useful information and practical ideas to help make it easier for youth and adult troop leaders to present Scout meetings that are fun with positive outcomes.

Program Features
General Troop Information
Recruiting New Members

Troop Program Resources

Troop Program Resources is designed to serve as a planning tool for troop leaders. Its aim is to provide resources that contribute to making parts of the troop meeting more meaningful, engaging, and fun.

Scout Meeting Activities
Troop Ceremonies
Leaders Minutes