Scouts BSA is a traditional membership division of the BSA. This program is available to boys and girls who have earned the Arrow of Light rank and are at least 10 but not yet 18 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is…
trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Scouts BSA Advancements
Scouts BSA advancements follow a path from Scout to Eagle by doing things with their patrol and troop, with trained leaders, and on their own. Advancement can be achieved through the following four opportunities:
1. THE SCOUT LEARNS – A Scout learns by doing. As they learn, they grow into their part as a member of the patrol and the troop. As they develop knowledge and skill, they are asked to teach others; and in this way they begin to develop leadership.
2. THE SCOUT IS TESTED – A Scout may be tested on rank requirements by their patrol leader, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, or a member of their troop. The Scoutmaster maintains a list of those qualified to give tests and to pass candidates. The Scout’s merit badge counselor teaches and test on the requirements for merit badges.
3. THE SCOUT IS REVIEWED – After a Scout has completed all requirements for a rank, they have a board of review. For Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Palms, the review is conducted by members of the troop committee. The Eagle Scout board of review is conducted in accordance with local council procedures.
4. THE SCOUT IS RECOGNIZED – When the board of review has certified a Scout’s advancement, they derive to receive recognition as soon as possible. This should be done at a ceremony at the next troop meeting. The certificate for his new rank may be presented later at a formal court of honor.
Scouts BSA Uniform
The Scouts BSA uniforms provide equality within Scouting, allow Scouts to be identified by others, shows their achievements of badges and awards and shows their commitment to the ideals and purpose of Scouting.
Scouts BSA uniforms as well as handbooks can be purchased at the Greenville Scout Shop.