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Welcome to Scouting!

Friends, fun, and adventure: Scouting is the youth program designed to bring in everyone from the family to the great outdoors, learn new skills, and develop character. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has instilled in children and their families a sense of accomplishment and pride, teaching them how to become future leaders of their communities.

Scouting Programs

There is a Scouting program for every youth: from kindergarten to young adults, each program is geared for everyone to be able to explore and come out fulfilled with new character growth and skill development.

Cub Scouts is for youth in grades K-5. or 6 to 10 years of age. Children who are older than 10, or who have completed the fifth grade, can no longer join Cub Scouting, but they may be eligible to join the Scouts BSA.

Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) is for youth 11 to 17 years of age. Scouts also may join Scouts BSA if they have earned the Cub Scouting Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old.

Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.

Exploring provides exciting activities and mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. Exploring connects youth with professional organizations so Scouts can explore what a myriad of opportunities for their future.

Quickstart Guide to Scouting

There is a lot to learn when it comes to Scouting and all of its inner workings. With this in mind, the Crater Lake Council has compiled together a quick guide for parents that want to jump in and find out what Scouting is all about!

Click here to reach the Quickstart Guide to Scouting.

Costs of Scouting

Generally, a family should budget about $250 to get a Scout started, but this is broken into a few parts and does not need to be paid all at once. Each unit has their own fundraisers to help Scouts fund their year so most costs become perpetually covered as the family stays involved. Some financial assistance is available for qualified families.

The Cost of Scouting breaks down as follows:

  • $108 annual membership fee for youth; $81 annual membership fee for adults. 

  • $17 Scouting handbook.

  • $70-100 uniform basics (shirt, patches, etc). These uniform basics can last a few years, and varies in costs depending on what your unit’s specific uniform requirements are.

  • $25 BSA National’s New Member Joining Fee (only paid once in order to join the Scouting program).

*Some units charge their own dues each year to cover monthly activities.