Whether you’re a parent of an elementary, intermediate or high school aged child,
there are plenty of ways for you to get involved with Scouting America.

Our Programs

The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouts
Grades K-5
Scouts BSA
Ages 11-17

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Ages 14-20

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Sea Scouts
Ages 14-20

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Ages 10-20

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Frequently Asked Questions

When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! The registration fee for youth to join Scouting in the Pine Tree Council is $165 annually ($85 BSA membership fee and $80 council fee). There may be additional program or activity fees that may be charged by your local unit or council. Of course, these costs may be offset by unit fundraising and other available scholarship funds. Please contact your local unit leadership for details.

Meeting times and locations vary. Typically, though, units meet weekly or bi-weekly during the school year and less frequently during the summer. Each individual unit will work to set a meeting location and schedule that is convenient for its members. With a number of units meeting in most neighborhoods, there is sure to be an option that fits within your family’s schedule.

Absolutely! Scouting seeks to provide the positive outcomes of character development and leadership skills for all eligible youth. Since its founding in 1910, Scouting America has guided young men and women of all abilities down their path to success. Based on the individual needs and circumstances involved, unit leadership will work with a child’s parents to ensure a challenging and rewarding Scouting experience.

Although there are many resources available to find more information about Scouting, the best is a direct connection with your local unit leadership! From meeting times, to planned activities, they’ll provide answers to all of your Scouting questions.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! There is nothing more rewarding than helping young people take their first steps down the path to success. It’s easy to get started! You will first want to go to my.scouting, create an account, and take the Youth Protection Training (YPT) course.  Then, complete an adult application and submit it, along with your YPT certificate, background check authorization and the $125 annual registration fee* ($65 national fee and $60 council fee) which includes the cost of a background check, to your unit’s leadership. They will guide you step-by-step through the process.

As of March 4, 2024, the results of the criminal background check must be received before the new adult volunteer may assume a leadership role. An email will be sent to the individual, as well as the unit key 3, when the results are received and the individual can assume a role.

You’ve made a great choice to explore the fun and adventure of Scouting! To get started, simply complete a youth application and submit it, along with the annual registration fee, to your unit’s leadership. They will guide you step-by-step through the process. Haven’t yet found a unit, or need contact information? Click here for options near you!