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Why Join Scouting?

For almost 100 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

The Boy Scouts of America provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to

  • Try new things.
  • Provide service to others.
  • Build self-confidence.
  • Reinforce ethical standards.

While various activities and youth groups teach basic skills and promote teamwork, Scouting goes beyond that and encourages youth to achieve a deeper appreciation for service to others in their community.

Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made

Benefits Every Parent Should Know

Summer Camp Outcome Study

Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets 

- The Search Institute has identified forty building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.

Values of Scouts: A Study of Ethics and Character 

Outdoor Adventures

Scoutin' with Sasquatch

BSA One Voice Videos

Summer Camp Outcomes Study 


We Are Scouting

Scouting Alumni

  • 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4 percent of astronauts).
    • 39 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 36.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 16.3 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 22.5 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 11.9 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in Scouting as youth.
    • 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.
  • 191 members of the 113th Congress participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult leader.
    • 28 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer.
    • Four are Eagle Scouts.

    (Source: Membership figures from each organization)

  • BSA Facts


    In 2013, service projects were conducted by more than 2.6 million youth members and more than 1 million volunteers.

    • 17 million service hours were reported in 2013 for Journey to Excellence.
    • $384.3 million of service was provided by Scouts and leaders to communities across America. (Based on the $22.55 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2013)
    • Service projects most commonly reported for Journey to Excellence in 2013 include
      • Food collection and distribution
      • Litter cleanup/community beautification
      • Community dimension
      • Conservation projects
      • Fun run/walk/hike/cycle

    Scout Activities and Outdoor Adventures

    Nearly 1.1 million youth attended a council camp or national high-adventure camp.

    • National high-adventure base—Boy Scouts and Venturers
      • 35,054—Philmont
      • 13,922—Florida Sea Base
      • 5,686—Northern Tier

    Advancements and Awards

    In 2013, 56,841 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.

    • About 6 percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank in 2013.
    • From 1912 to 2013, 2.7 million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout rank.
    • 2,110,848 merit badges were earned by Boy Scouts in 2013.
      • 117,288,535 merit badges have been earned by Boy Scouts since Scouting was established in 1910.
      • The most often earned merit badges since 1910 include:
        • First Aid—6,900,983
        • Swimming—6,242,264
        • Camping—4,608,447
        • Cooking—4,238,453
        • Citizenship in the Community—3,410,028

        (Source: 2013 BSA Local Council Index)


    More than 1 million volunteers provided leadership for Scouting programs in 2013.

    • On average, Scout volunteers give 20 hours per month in service to Scouting. This equals approximately 246.8 million hours of volunteer time given to support Scouting in 2013. (Source: Volunteer Outcomes Study, Research & Program Innovation)
    • $5.57 billion of volunteer time was given in 2013 to support Scouting across America. (Based on $22.55 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2013)