About the BSA

BSA Facts

Order of the Arrow

Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. It recognizes those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives, and who promote camping,  responsible outdoor adventure, leadership development, and cheerful service to others. Order of the Arrow includes more than 160,000 youth and adult members in 270-plus local councils throughout the United States and its territories.


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Programs

The Boy Scouts of America offers character-building programs that foster ethical decision-making skills while engaging in fun outdoor activities with friends and adult leaders. Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts emphasize shared leadership experiences, citizenship, fun, adventure, fitness, and respect. These programs include boys in first grade through 18 years of age. Venturers and Sea Scouts are co-ed programs for young…


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Chartered Organizations

The Scouting program is delivered through civic, faith-based, and educational organizations called chartered organizations, which operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large. Responsibilities of chartered organizations include providing quality leadership and adequate meeting facilities and for the Scouting unit, as well as appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting…


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Eagle Scouts

The fact that a boy is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every boy who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank. This represents more than 2.25 million Boy Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the…


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High Adventure

A high-adventure experience includes several days of trekking in wilderness and other rugged, remote locations. The Boy Scouts of America operates four national high-adventure facilities and numerous local council high adventure bases that provide outdoor adventure opportunities for older Scouts and Venturers. Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve Programs at the Paul R. Christen…


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How Scouting is Funded

Packs, Troops, Teams, Crews, and Ships Units can use a variety of fund-raising methods as long as they meet the guidelines set by the National Council and their local council and are approved by their unit committee and chartered organization. Most commonly, units are funded through: Weekly or monthly dues paid by the member Unit product sales such as popcorn…


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BSA Magazines

Boys’ Life magazine is a general-interest youth magazine published monthly in print and digital versions for 1 million subscribers in two demographic editions: one for Cub Scout-age youth age 6-10 and one for Boy Scout-age youth 11 and older. Scouting magazine is produced five times a year in print and digital versions for 1 million adults 18 and over registered in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting,…


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Sustainability and Scouting

Sustainability is a consideration in both design and day-to-day actions. It means thinking about people, the environment, and systems, and how they’re all interdependent. It means not shortchanging tomorrow by just thinking about today. For more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been a leader in conservation. In the next 100 years, Scouting is taking the initiative to…


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