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.
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.
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.
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