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The first badge of Boy Scouting can be earned as soon as a boy joins a troop, especially if he has earned his Arrow of Light as a Webelos scout. This first recognition is earned by applying and memorizing some important scouting basics.
Some troops have Webelos scouts bridge over from the pack to the troop in February at their Cub Scout pack Blue and Gold dinner and then have a court of honor in March or April where they are presented with their Scout badge. It is certainly not necessary to wait for a court of honor to present the badge, though. A short, meaningful presentation at the earliest opportunity is best - see a sample New Scout ceremony.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Boy Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Troop near you to see its contact info so you can call the Troop or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Scoutmaster of the Troop you choose.
- Meet age requirements. Be a boy who has completed the fifth grade or is 11 years old, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award but is under 18 years old.
- Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
- Find a Scout troop near your home.
- Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
- Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
- Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
- Describe the Scout badge.
- Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
Use this Scout Requirements Study Guide to help you learn.
More Boy Scout Information to Use:
Merit Badges - requirements and aids
Boy Scout Activities - great scout activity ideas
Boy Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Boy Scouts
Boy Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremony ideas
Boy Scout Games - patrol or troop games
Boy Scout Graces - fun meal graces
Boy Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Boy Scout Projects - community projects for Boy Scout patrols or troops
Boy Scout Recipes - tasty food recipes for scout camping
Boy Scout Skits - skits that Boy Scouts like to do
Boy Scout Songs - songs for scouts
Boy Scout Stories - stories that Boy Scouts will enjoy and understand
Boy Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
Boy Scout Tests - online tests for Boy Scouts to test their knowledge
Boy Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach First Class rank in 12-18 months
Eagle Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach Eagle Scout
Boy Scout Monthly Themes
Nov 14, 2012 - Mike
As far as I know, a boy doesn't have to know how to tie knots, repeat the law, pledge, etc to JOIN. It should say Scout requirements, and leave the word Joining out of it.
If I was looking at having my son join Boy Scouts and saw this page (yes, I have recommended this website to non-Scout people) I'd stop thinking about joining
What a shame.
To become a member of the Boy Scouts of America, a youth needs to turn in a completed youth application, health record, and payment.
To become a member of a Boy Scout Troop and wear the Scout badge, he needs to complete the Joining requirements described above.
These Joining requirements are listed in the beginning of the Boy Scout Handbook as well as other BSA documentation, and are referred to as "Joining requirements".
If you are welcome to observe these meetings, watching the Senior Patrol Leader and other scouts running things is enlightening. Comparing the meetings run by a new SPL to those he runs near the end of his term can really demonstrate how opportunities to lead in Scouts help to grow good young men and leaders.
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