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Bay Area CouncilJoin Scouting

Join Scouting 

Join Scouting

So you want to be a Scout?

The Bay Area Council would like to welcome new families to the educational and exciting adventure of Scouting. Watch for fliers that your child brings home from school with info on who, what, when and how to join.

Cub Scouts (Packs): 1st–5th grade or 7-10 years old, boys only

Boy Scouts (Troops): 5th-12th grade or 11 to 18 years old, boys only

Sea Scouts (Ships): 8th grade and up or 14-21 years old, co-ed

Venture (Crews): 8th grade and up or 14-21 years old, co-ed

Exploring (Posts): 8th grade and up or 14-21 years old, co-ed

 

Find a Unit near you...

Log onto BeAScout.org

Step 1 - Log onto Be A Scout and enter your Zip Code.  Find a group near you and attend your first meeting. Meetings are always open to the public!

OR

Bay Area Council District MapFind your District and download the contacts. You can joina group associated with a your school or you may choose to join a group associted with a Church...it doesn't matter as long as you find the right fit for you.

COASTAL UNITS

CRADLE OF TEXAS UNITS

NORTHERN STAR UNITS

THUNDERBIRD UNITS

Step 2 - When you go to a meeting, fill out the application and pay the National registration fee of  $24 (prorated at time of registration.)

OR

Stop by the Bay Area Council Headquarters and register Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. We are located at 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551 (just north of Seawall - next to the Rainforest Cafe & IHOP).

*Some Units charge additional fees to cover Pack t-shirts, programs and traveling. For specifics, call the Unit directly.

Step 3 - Attend your first meeting

 

Calling all new Northern Star Scouts!

Friendswood and Pearland families! Know anyone interested in Cub Scouts? Invite them to one of our Adventure Days (Details below). *Updated times and dates due to Hurricane Harvey (Updated September 7, 2017)

Northern Star Scouts

 

Invite a friend

Download the Cub Scout invite HERE

Download the Boy Scout invite HERE

 

Earn your first patch & purchase your uniform

FIND BOBCAT IN THE PARK REGISTRATION HERE

 

Newbie resources

FIND A YOUTH APPLICATION HERE ENGLISH & SPANISH

FIND AN ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION HERE ENGLISH  SPANISH

FIND THE CUB SCOUT FIRST STEP PARENT GUIDE HERE

 

Frequently asked questions...

What do I need to bring in order to register?

You will only need to bring the National Registration Fee. Cash or Checks are accepted.

There is also an optional Boys Life magazine if you wish to purchase rated at $1.00 a month. You do not need to bring any other forms nor a birth certificate. After you join a scouting program you will be given a BSA health form from your unit.

Who can fill out the application at registration?

A parent, grandparent or guardian 18 years or older will need to sign the application form unless the youth is registering into a Venture, Explorer, or Sea Scout program and they are between the ages of 18 and 21. You can also send a pre-signed form and fee to a location with a neighbor or friend for submittal if you are unavailable to attend.

How much will it cost to register?

There are actually 2 parts to this answer:

Part 1: The National BSA Registration Fee:

The National Registration fee is collected for one year from February to January and is $2 a month, for an annual fee of $24. On December 1, 2017, the National fee will increase to $33. (See charts below.) The Charter Scout year does not follow a School Calendar Year. Dependent on the month you join, it will be prorated and collected at the time of registration. The full $24 plus $1.00 insurance fee will be collected in December for the next calendar year by your unit. This is referred to as the Re-charter and must be paid for your scout to continue in the program annually. This is the only fee in order to “Join Scouting” at time of registration.

Month

Youth/Adult
Registration fees

Boy's Life
subscription

Boy's Life
first issue

September 2017

$10.00

$5.00

November

October 2017

$8.00

$4.00

December

November 2017

$6.00

$3.00

January

On December 1, 2017, the National fee will increase to $33. Please use this chart:

Month

Youth/Adult
Registration fees

Boy's Life
subscription

Boy's Life
first issue

December 2017

$5.50

$2.00

February

January 2018

$2.75

N/A

N/A

February 2018

$33.00

$12.00

April

March 2018

$30.25

$11.00

May

April 2018

$27.50

$10.00

June

May 2018

$24.75

$9.00

July

June 2018

$22.00

$8.00

August

July 2018

$19.25

$7.00

September

August 2018

$16.50

$6.00

October

September 2018

$13.75

$5.00

November

October 2018

$11.00

$4.00

December

November 2018

$8.25

$3.00

January

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2: The Individual Unit Program/Activity Fees throughout the Scout year:

Every Unit has a program budget dependent on specifics of what the Unit offers to the Scout. Activities are based on pay as you go/selecting what you want to do. Please contact the individual unit directly for this detail information. Do not forget to ask your Unit how your Scout can “Earn His Way” to cover the costs of activities. The Boy Scouts of America sells Popcorn as a major fundraiser in the Fall to fulfill unit budget costs with a few hours of effort from everyone. Unit Popcorn sales translate to substantially lower or eliminating costs for a program year that would include award recognitions and unit general activities!

Can my child join scouting at any age even if they were not in the program at the beginning?

Yes, because there is no absolute beginning. Every program is set to start when the youth registers. Youth can register from the 1st Grade up to 21 years old.

Do all the Programs require a Uniform?

Uniforms are a very important part of Scouting as it gives the youth the sense of belonging and represents pride in their accomplishments through rank advancements. All of the Scouting Programs have specific basic uniform requirement and the Scout Shop will be able to assist you. The Venture and Exploring program are the only ones that can design their own uniforms. Many Venture Crews just have a standardized T-shirt and Explorers will be dependent on the vocational study.

When do we have to get Uniform?

You do not have to get a uniform at the time of registration and it can be purchased at a later date. The most important thing to get immediately is your Scout’s Handbook so that he can start his achievements. Handbooks will range in cost of $15 - $20 dependent on the Scouting program.

Where do we have to get the Uniform and how much does it cost?

Uniforms & Handbooks can be purchased at any time of year at the Scout Shop in the Council Service Center at 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas. Call or check the web site for store hours: 409-744-5206 - bacbsa.org

Costs vary dependent on the extent of your uniform purchase and style of uniform. The uniform of a basic shirt and required patches will start at approximately $60-$100 and will increase on extra items added to your uniform. Keep in mind that the Uniform can be worn for 2-3 years, purchase a size up if you want to extend the life of the uniform purchase. Scouting is for everyone, and a cost of a uniform should not deter you from joining.

Do I have to join with the unit associated with the school?

No, the Scouting Units are open registration. However, some families choose to pick a unit where many youth are from the same school. This should not be the only factor as friends will be made everywhere. It is advised that you select a Unit that best suits your family. It has been proven that you will enjoy Scouting more and stay in the program longer if it fits your schedule and needs. Look at location, meeting times, size of the unit and program. Plus there is no need to worry, if you join a unit that does not fit your needs or your personal family schedule changes, just call the District Executive to help you simply transfer to another unit. Remember, you as the parent are also joining in a sense; you will be making new friends as well. It is important that the whole family is comfortable with the Unit and it is convenient to your schedule.

For example, a Tuesday night meeting works best instead of a Monday or Thursday. Or you want a unit that has activities all the time compared to a more casual program. Then there is also the choice of lots of boys and adults or on the other hand you might want a smaller group setting where there is a closer relationship.

Do we have to do all the activities and purchase camping equipment right away?

No, you are not required to attend every activity; you have a choice of what you would like to do. And no, you do not have to go purchase camping equipment right away, unless you would like to. It is important to participate in activities dependent on your program for specific rank advancement and of course the outdoors is a big part of Scouting. The majority of the Boy Scout Troops have standardized camping gear for the boys and Cub Scout Packs will do family camping where they can help assist with gear or can lead you in the right direction on a purchase.

My child has other extracurricular activities; can we still participate without falling behind?

Yes, Scouting is a compliment to other activities as it increases awareness in many levels such as sportsmanship and leadership skills. Because Scouting is a program that goes all year long it can fit with a youth’s other interests. Units meet on various days to accommodate family schedule restrictions. We sometimes see youth less frequently during a sport season, then becoming more active during the rest of the year. Since the Scouting program is designed for enrolment at any time a youth will not fall behind. Nor will they be penalized for missing a meeting, unlike sports where if the youth miss a practice they cannot play in the game that week.

We missed the registration at the local location. Can I still sign up my youth into Scouting?

Yes, this can be done two ways: You can go to the Bay Area Council office and register for a unit directly there. With this option you will also be able to purchase your uniform and hand book at the same time if you wish. Or you can fill out the application and bring it with you to a first meeting of your choice. Please contact the unit to confirm the meeting time and location.