Become a Scout or a Volunteer

4 Steps to Join Scouts BSA

We are excited that you are interested in joining Scouts BSA! To help guide you, please start by visiting:

and follow their 4 Steps to Join Scouts BSA

Below are the applications for youth, adults and merit badge counselors with a quick informational overview.

We also encourage you to complete our Interested Volunteer Questionnaire so that we know what volunteer position you are interested in. You can compete this by clicking on the button below:

Youth application.pdf

Youth Application

Scouts BSA is the traditional Scouting experience for boys and girls ages 11 to 17 years old. 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.

Adult Application

Scouting is a youth-led, youth-run program, but the youth must be trained to be leaders. Adult role models in Scouting provide an ideal learning experience for all youth. Every adult volunteer has something valuable to offer. On a typical weekend campout, Scouts might work with an adult volunteer who teaches the Fishing merit badge and with a Scout mom to learn orienteering, go on a 5-mile hike with another adult leader, and end the day learning how to clean and cook fresh fish from someone else.

The advantages of Scouting are not limited to youth. Adults also develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.

Volunteers learn, too. Volunteers spend a significant amount of time to ensure the success of Scouting in their communities. The average Scout volunteer gives 20 hours of service each month, and 96 percent of volunteers say they would recommend volunteering for the BSA to other adults. In fact, volunteers believe their time invested with the Boy Scouts of America helps them be:

  • A better citizen

  • A better parent

  • A better manager

  • A better employee

  • More patient and tolerant of others

  • More open to new ideas and opinions

We need you to provide the direction, coaching, and training that empowers today’s youth with the skills they will need to lead tomorrow.

Adult Application.pdf
MB Counselor Application.pdf

Merit Badge Counselor

A merit badge counselor serves as both a teacher and mentor as Scouts work on a merit badge. In one way, he or she is an examiner. In a larger sense, the counselor uses this opportunity for coaching—helping Scouts overcome the hurdles of the different requirements and making Scouts aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from their knowledge and experience. Because of these unique opportunities to serve Scouts, volunteering as a merit badge counselor is one of the most gratifying experiences for adults in Scouting today. New counselors are strongly urged to check with their local councils.

BSA Health Forms

The Scouting adventure, camping trips, high-adventure excursions, and having fun are important to everyone in Scouting—and so is your safety and well-being. Completing the Annual Health and Medical Record is the first step in making sure you have a great Scouting experience. Please complete the form and turn it in to your Troop.

Health forms_ABC.pdf