Questions on Joining a Boy Scout Troop

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Choosing the right Boy Scout troop for you is an individual decision. Troops vary in their focus and the personalities in each troop differ. You need to think about what will make scouting a fun, rewarding experience for you and then find a troop that appears to best fulfill your needs.

If you're a Webelos scout, having completed five years of Cub Scouts, you may feel that you've experienced all there is in the program. But Boy Scouts is a very different program full of new experiences. Make a commitment to try it for a year to observe the differences and then decide if you want to continue on or not.

A boy needs to visit at least one troop meeting before joining Boy Scouts. You really should visit several troops to learn the uniqueness of each. Select a troop that fits the needs of your family.

When you visit troops, try to get answers to these important questions to help you decide on a home troop:

Some additional questions to ask:

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 Feb 11, 2015 - Darla
Question: We have a boy in our troop whose brother is crossing over into another troop. The mom thinks  both boys can participate in both troops activities. What is your thought on this? Didn't they pick different troops for a reason.
Feb 11, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Darla - That sounds like Eli Manning getting to play with the Broncos and Peyton getting to play with the Giants whenever they want, even though they are on different teams.
It just doesn't make sense.
Mar 16, 2015 - Kathy
Technically, does a boy have to have earned the Webelos badge and/or the Arrow of Light to cross over into, or join, a Boy Scout troop?  I am the Webelos den leader, and we have a few boys who I know want to continue with Boy Scouts, and have done most, but not all, of the requirements for the Webelos badge and/or Arrow of Light.  Does that matter?  Thanks!
Mar 16, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Kathy - Any boy that meets the joining requirements on the BSA Youth Application can join a troop.  There is no requirement to have the Arrow of Light award, nor to have ever been in Cub Scouts at all.
The "Crossing Over" from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts is for any scout in a Webelos den that is moving on to a Boy Scout Troop - it doesn't matter if he's earned Arrow of Light or even earned his Webelos rank.

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