How Do You Become a Boy Scout?

How Do You Become a Boy Scout?

To become a Boy Scoot, find a Scout troop near your home, and submit a completed Boy Scout application and a health history signed by the parent or guardian. You must be at least 11 years old and have completed the fifth grade, or you must be at least 10 years old and no older than 18 years old and have achieved the Cub Scout Arrow of Light, as of 2015.

Scout is the initial rank of the Boy Scouts of America. Consequently, many of the requirements for joining presuppose that you are a Cub Scout seeking the elementary rank of Boy Scout or a boy of the appropriate age who can learn certain Cub Scout skills independently and then demonstrate them at the time of Boy Scout application.

To become a Boy Scout, you must know how to perform the Scout handshake, salute and sign, to tie the square knot, and be able to describe the Scout badge. It is also necessary to understand the Scout Oath, Scout Law, the Outdoor Code, slogan and motto, and you must agree to live by these principles. Complete the activities in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide" with your parent or guardian.

Lastly, after submitting your completed application and health history that your parent or guardian signs, you must participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

The Boy Scout application, a troop locator and contact information for your local council service center are available on