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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

Boy Scouts (Troops): 6th-12th grade or 11-17 years old, boys only

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


Register online

Visit Choose your programs (Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts), enter your zip code, and find a unit (group). Meetings are always open to the public.


Find Scout groups near you

Click on your area district and download the contact information.



La Marque
League City
San Leon
Santa Fe
Texas City


East Columbia
Jones Creek
Lake Jackson
Old Ocean
Oyster Creek
Shady Acres
West of the Brazos 
West Columbia
Wild Peach




Shadow Creek area of Pearland




It cost just $33 a year and is pro-rated. (See chart below.) Some groups (units) may charge there own registration fee for a group t-shirt, etc. Once you purchase a uniform and book, that's it. (Approx. $120, uniforms can be worn for several years.)


Invite a friend

Download the Cub Scout invite HERE

Download the Boy Scout invite HERE



Youth Application ENGLISH & SPANISH

Adult Application ENGLISH  SPANISH

Cub Scout 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.

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 20. You can also send a signed form and fee with a neighbor or friend for submission 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 $33 a year (prorated). 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 $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. This is the only fee in order to “Join Scouting” at time of registration.


Registration fees

Boy's Life

Boy's Life
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Part 2: The Individual Unit Program/Activity Fees throughout the Scout year:

Activities are based on a pay as you go fee. Please contact the individual unit directly for more information. Do not forget to ask your unit how your Scout can “Earn His Way” to cover the costs of activities. The Bay Area Council coordinates a popcorn sale as a way for Scouts and units to fund a dynamic and relevant program.

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 the Kindergarten up to 20 years old.

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

Costs vary dependent on the extent of your uniform purchase and style of uniform. The basic uniform consists of a shirt, pants, 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 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 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. 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 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 they become more active during the rest of the year. Since the Scouting program is designed for enrollment 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 download the application online at and click Resources, then Awards & Forms. Simply email it to us to join. Visit for more information. Or you can fill out the application and bring it with you to your first unit meeting (They will also have applications available.) Please contact the unit to confirm the meeting time and location.