Boy Scouting, one of the traditional membership divisions of the BSA, is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
Advancement, Awards, Recognitions
Scout Oath (or Promise)
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
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.
Looking for more information to help you navigate your way through Boy Scouting?
Check out all of the patches you can earn for your uniform.
Did you know there are college scholarships available to Scouts? Would you be interested in working on a camp staff in Europe? Find out more here.
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.