The Boy Scout Joining Requirements are:

  • Meet the age requirements.
    • Be a boy who is 11 years old, or
    • one who has completed the fifth grade or
    • earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old,
    • but is not yet 18 years old.
  • Find a Scout troop near your home.
  • Submit a completed Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
  • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handclasp.
  • Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
  • Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  • Describe the Scout badge.
  • Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

We are pleased that you are considering joining Boy Scout Troop 1988. It is our hope that you will find your time with Troop 1988 a rewarding and, most of all, fun experience in which to continue or begin your Scouting adventure.

We suggest that a prospective scout visit our Troop Meetings before deciding to join the Troop. This will give the you and your parents a chance to see how the Troop operates before joining. Once you decide to join us, then you will need to fill out an application form which can be obtained from the Troop Committee Chairperson. Once the application is filled out, it needs to be submitted to the Chairperson with the applicable fees. Until the application with registration fees is submitted to the Council Office, we can not permit a boy to attend any campouts or other activities; this is for insurance reasons.

Parents, scouting is a family activity – there are opportunities and expectations for you as well.

If your son is currently attending the first through fifth grades, he is eligible to join a Cub Scout Pack.