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 --
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
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
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 $15. 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 Greater St. Louis Area 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.
Let's figure out what Scouting program your son will be in... Click here to find your local Scouting Unit.