4. Common Questions

Some Common Questions

What is the Mission of Scouts, BSA?

...to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

What Do Scouts Do?

Some of the best things about Scouting are the activities the scouts (and sometimes you) get to do: camping, hiking, racing model cars, going on field trips, or doing projects that help our community and the people who live here. Scouting means "doing." All our activities are designed to have the scouts doing something and by "doing" they learn some very valuable life lessons.

Do the Parents Have a Role?

Yes. As a program for the entire family, Scouting can teach your child a wholesome system of values and beliefs while building and strengthening relationships among family members. Scouting gives you a pretty neat platform to equip your child. We provide other mentors to help them grow but you are also an important part of their development in scouting.  Your role decreases as your scout gets older. 

But your role in the troop can be passive.  We don't expect a parent to leap right in.  But, be warned, Scouting might touch you as it touches your child and you might eventually get 'the fever' that many of our leaders got from Scouting.  But you are encouraged to go at your own pace.

How Old (or young) Can a child be to Join?

Scouts, BSA is for children who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade,  Many of our Scouts, BSA come from Cub Scout Packs in the area. 

How do our Scouts Achieve Their Goals?

Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen in the in the Troop or within their respective Patrols (with the children roughly their age). Our Scouts generally go camping once per month with a bigger week long trip or two planned each summer where the kids can earn many merit badges.

What Supplies and Equipment are Needed?

At minimum, each child in Scouts, BSA will need a uniform and a handbook. The Scouts, BSA uniforms are a khaki-and-olive color and do not change as the scout progresses through the ranks to Eagle.

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