With more than 130 Merit Badges—from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival—Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Scouts BSA members explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle. By first imagining, planning then doing their own service projects, Scouts BSA members learn the value of hard work, and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off. Add in outdoor adventures, hiking and camping, and Scouting gives boys and girls all the experience they need to become competent, capable, and productive adults.
What is Scouts BSA?
This is the traditional Scouting experience for young men and women in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement, and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. Youth ages 11 through 18 have the opportunity to join any of the Mason-Dixon Council’s 40 different troops in Fulton and Southern Franklin Counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Maryland.
While there is guidance from experienced leaders, Scouts BSA members take their own lead, exploring places they’ve never been as they dive into the rugged world of outdoor adventure. With a spirit of teamwork, they pack up their Scout gear and their sense of adventure, and dive into the learning and excitement that comes from being a member of Scouts BSA.
Scouts BSA has a lot to offer, but don’t let the 130+ merit badges scare you away. With the exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience through earning merit badges that reflect each youth’s budding interests, they unlock a world of discovery around them, and forge their path for the future. Culminating the Scouting experience by earning the rank of Eagle and accomplishing a service project imagined and executed by the Scout is a way to prove your leadership skills and gain the confidence you need to excel in life and in the world at large.