Learn About Scouting

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent

These 12 Words To Live By are the foundation of Scouting --
12 simple points that set high standards. The Scout Law guides Scouts of all levels when they are alone or as members of their family, community and nation. The Scout Law is a guide for living a good life.  

What should I expect from Scouting?

Scouting becomes an extension of your family when you and your child join the Boy Scouts of America. It follows your values, sees to the overall care and well-being of your child and is always there for you. It's not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities and will always be there when you return.  

Maturity. Youth experience dramatic physical and emotional growth. Scouting offers them opportunities to channel much of that change into productive endeavors. Through service projects and Good Turns, Scouts can discover their place in the community. Scouting activities allow youth to associate with others from different backgrounds. Scouts can explore, try out new ideas and embark on adventures that sometimes have no design other than to have a good time with good people. 

Flexibility. The Scouting programs are flexible and accommodate the need to balance the work and life requirements of a busy family. It's easy to plan for meetings and activities. And if something unexpected comes up, just let your leader know -- it's expected in the lives we live today.  

Adaptability. Your child can work on achievements at his own pace. For example, if your child is on a sports team and has to miss several meetings or activities, he still can complete and sign off on Scout activities to work toward the next level.

Transferability. The skills and values your child learns through Scouting can be applied to any non-Scouting activity he participates in. As your child builds character, he can turn to skills learned in Scouting when faced with situations such as the peer pressure all youth experience. 

How much does it cost?

Scouting does charge fees for membership, events and trips. The annual registration fee is $24. Boy's Life magazine is optional at $12 per year. Other costs vary depending upon the activities of the Scout unit. You will learn more once you contact your local Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop. Scouts can earn the money needed to participate in summer camp and other programs by participating in the council-wide popcorn sale. However, it is the position of the Western Massachusetts Council that money should not keep a young person from enjoying the Scouting program. The council's executive board authorizes scholarship, campership and direct assistance funding dedicated to support any family in our service.  

What's Next?

Let's figure out what Scouting program your son will be in... Click here to find your local Scouting Unit.