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The Bay Area Council would like to welcome new families to the educational and exciting adventure of Scouting where children and teens spend their time outdoors, camping, swimming, hiking, learning life-saving skills, citizenship, community, conservation and much, much more! Watch for fliers that your child brings home from school with info on who, what, when and how to join. 

Cub Scouts (Packs): Kindergarten-5th grade or 5-10 years old, boys & girls 

Scouts BSA (Troops): 6th-12th grade or 11-17 years old, boys & girls

Sea Scouts (Ships): 8th grade and up or 14 through 20 years old, co-ed

Venturers (Crews): 13 and completed 8th grade or 14 through 20 years old, co-ed

Explorers (Posts): 8th grade and up or 14 through 20 years old, co-ed

 

Join Now!

www.BeAScout.org

 

 

How Can My Child Become a Scout?

Visit BeAScout.org

Choose your programs (Cub Scouts or Scouts BSA), enter your zip code, and find a unit (group). Meetings occur once a week, and all groups attend once a month. Meetings are always open to the public.

(OR)

Find a Scout group near you:

COASTAL DISTRICT 
Contact
Monica Jones
at

(281) 836-3754

Bacliff

Bolivar
Dickinson
Galveston
Hitchcock
Kemah
La Marque
League City
San Leon
Santa Fe
Texas City 

CRADLE OF TEXAS DISTRICT
Contact
Kelly Meacham
at
(706) 766-4755

Brazoria
Brazosport
Churchill
Clute
Damon
Danciger
East Columbia
Freeport
Jones Creek
Lake Jackson
Old Ocean
Oyster Creek
Quintana
Richwood
Shady Acres
Surfside
Sweeny
West of the Brazos 
West Columbia
Wild Peach

NORTHERN STAR DISTRICT
Contact
Lester Tarver
at
(832) 413-2578

Friendswood
Pearland

THUNDERBIRD DISTRICT
Contact
Warren Reed
at
(956) 607-6295

Alvin
Angleton
Danbury
Manvel
Shadow Creek area of Pearland

 

How Does Scouting Work?

Cub Scouts is for boys and girls, kindergarten through fifth grade. Each Cub Scout is a member of a Den. Dens are a group of 6-10 kids around the same age. These groups are all girl or all boy Dens that meet on a regular basis. Dens go on fun trips, play games, do service projects and learn new skills. Dens come together to make up each Pack.

How Much Does Scouting Cost?

Scouting has fees for membership and activities. The annual membership fee is $33 and Scouts' Life magazine is an optional $12 plus tax per year. When joining, both of these fees are prorated by month. Other costs vary depending on the activities of your local Pack and typically range from $40 to $100 annually. Uniforms, approx. $120, can be worn for several years. One of the key values of Scouting is that Scouts should help earn their own way. That's why we offer multiple opportunities throughout the year for your Scout to earn the money needed to camp and participate in other activities. 

We believe that every child should have the chance to be a Scout! Because of the generosity of local families, businesses and leaders, the Atlanta Area Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.

Is Scouting in My Neighborhood?

Absolutely! There are tons of organizations in neighborhoods throughout the Atlanta area that sponsor Cub Scout Packs. Cub Scouts meet at service organizations, places of worship, schools, and more, all within a comfortable distance to your home. 

Who Will Lead My Pack?

Cub Scouting is a family activity! You will have the opportunity to take a role in leading your child's experience - and we're here to help you become the best leader you can be with training, online resources and support from our Program Center.

Every volunteer leader is required to go through a rigorous background check and Youth Protection Training process that ensures your child will be in a safe and fun program. The Atlanta Area Council provides many training opportunities for our leaders to enhance the program they deliver, and increase the skills they can pass onto our Scouts.

What About Other Activities Like Sports?

Lots of youth take part in Scouting along with a variety of other activities like sports, music, academic interests, and more. These programs all work together with Scouting to provide your child with a balance of adult role models and experiences!

 

 

More Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes. Visit www.bacbsa.org for more information. 

 

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

Yes. Every program is set to start when the youth registers. Youth can register from kindergarten up to 20 years old.

 

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

No. It is advised that you select a unit that best suits your family. 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 when choosing a unit. Scouting units are always open to the public. You can always transfer to another unit at any time for no cost.

 

Do all the programs require a uniform?

Yes. Uniforms are a very important part of Scouting as it gives the youth the sense of belonging and represents pride in their accomplishments. All of the Scouting programs have specific basic uniform requirements 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.
 

How do I purchase a uniform and how much does it cost?

Uniforms and handbooks can be purchased at the Scout Shop in the Council Service Center located at 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX. For more information, contact the Scout Shop at (409) 744-5206 or visit the website at www.bacbsa.org.

Costs vary dependent on the extent of your uniform purchase and style of uniform. The basic uniform consists of a shirt, bottoms, hat, belt, socks, and patches, which costs $100-$120. 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 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. You do not have to go purchase camping equipment right away, unless you would like to. The majority of Scouts BSA Troops have standardized camping gear 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.

 

Where can I find a application? ?

Youth Application ENGLISH & SPANISH

Adult Application ENGLISH  & SPANISH

Applications are also available when you join a unit online at www.BeAScout.org.

 

How much will it cost to register?

Part 1: A National Registration fee is due at the time of registration. Some units require an additional fee, but most Scouts earn their way with a fundraisers in the fall.

The National registration fee is collected for one year from February to January and is $33 a year (prorated). See the prorated fee chart below. The full $33 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. A magazine is also available.

Date of joining

Registration fees

Magazine subscription

Magazine first issue

Jan.

$5

N/A

N/A

Feb.

Y=61    A=$37

$12

April

March

Y=$55   A=$33

$11

May

April

Y=$50   A=$30

$10

June

May

Y=$45   A=$27

$9

July

June

Y=$40   A=$24

$8

Aug.

July

Y=$35   A=$21

$7

Sept.

Aug.

Y=$30   A=$18

$6

Oct.

Sept.

Y=$25   A=$15

$5

Nov.

Oct.

Y=$20   A=$12

$4

Dec.

Nov.

Y=$15
A=$9

$3

Jan.

Annual Charter Fee

$60 per unit

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Explorers=Same as adutls