A Program for Youth Ages 11 to 17
Scouts BSA is an outdoor program designed to develop character, citizenship and fitness for youth ages 11 through 17. Through the advancement program and peer group leadership, Scouting helps a youth develop into a well-rounded individual. The Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank in Scouting, is recognized around the world as a mark of excellence.
After you and your family have joined Scouting please let us know your thoughts. It’s helpful to know how you found Scouting and your initial experiences so as we build our recruitment plans we can account for your experience.
So we can continue to offer the very best program to our youth and families.
Order of the Arrow
Octoraro Lodge 22 has over 800 active arrowmen who donate hundreds of service hours annually to help maintain Horseshoe Scout Reservation and encourage camping in Chester County Council.
Scouts BSA FAQ
The Scouting program has a lot of unique features; the most unique is that Scout troops are youth-led and youth-run. Adults train youth members to assume leadership positions and youth are allowed to plan the program and carry it out.
Scouts are encouraged to be active in their community, and many do. Athletic programs are seasonal but Scouting is year-round. The values youth learn in Scouting may help them excel in other activities.
Parents want their children to be in an organization that teaches values. The Boy Scouts of America is a values-based organization that has its own code of conduct: The Scout Oath, Law, motto and slogan.
No. Any youth between the ages of 11 and 17 may be eligible to join Scouts BSA.
Scout was chartered by Congress as an educational organization. Every year, Scouts earn over 1 million merit badges. Every merit badge is an educational experience. Currently, there are 120 different merit badges.