What Scouting is
Simply: Scouting is a game with a purpose.
Scouting is camping, adventure, learning, and so much more. Scouting provides a positive and safe environment for young people to grow into the best versions of themselves. This growth is a process in which Scouts make mistakes and get messy. But when a Scout looks back at their time in the program these mistakes and the lessons learned from them become guideposts for the rest of a Scouts life. So go camping with your patrol of friends, burn your food, turn your tent into a bathtub, challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought possible, and we promise you will look back at your time in Scouts BSA and describe it with one word: FUN!
In Scouts BSA, you become a member of a patrol when you join. This patrol is a group of Scouts your own age who work, compete, learn, cook, etc., together. You are an interdependent group where everyone is important. Your patrol is led by a patrol leader, that you elect.
The Scoutmaster works directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for their Troop. The Scoutmaster trains youth leaders to run the Troop by providing direction, coaching and support. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters ensure all activities happen under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of BSA and the chartered organization.
The Troop Committee is a cross between a board of directors and a parent support group. It sets troop policies and handles administrative functions, ensuring that the Troop resources are managed and available to support Troop activities.
"Passive citizenship is not enough to uphold in the world the virtues of freedom, justice, and honor. Only active citizenship will do."