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Bay Area CouncilJoin Scouting

Join Scouting

Join Scouting

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): At least 10 years old, currently in the fifth grade and register on or after March 1st; OR have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18, 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


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How Can My Child Become a Scout?


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.


Find a Scout group near you:



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

Contact Field Director Kelly Meacham at (706) 766-4755.

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. See the 2021 membership fee at the top right column.

Uniforms are approximately $120 and may 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 Bay Area Council can offer assistance to support local families in need.

Financial Assistance is available to those Scouts and families who have financial need. Please contact the Bay Area Council at 409-744-5206.

Is Scouting in My Neighborhood?

Absolutely! There are tons of organizations in neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area Council 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 Bay 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


2021 BSA National Membership fee


June 2021 - Youth, $71, Adults/Exploring $29
July 2021 - Youth $64.50, Adults/Exploring, $25.50

Download the Membership Fee Chart here
(Effective 8-1-2021) *Ask your Leader about Financial Assistance!

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

Yes. Visit 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

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


How much will it cost to register?

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.