Your child can be a Scout if they have completed the fifth grade and are at least 11 years old or have earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not over the age of 18.


  1. Complete the application (sign your name, indicating approval).

  2. Give the completed application and fees to the Scoutmaster.

  3. Secure a copy of the Scout Handbook and complete the joining requirements as listed.


Once a scout has joined, completing these requirements will earn them the Scout Rank

1a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
1b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
1c. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
1d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for.  Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
1e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
1f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
2. After attending at least one Scout troop meeting, do the following:
2a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
2b. Describe the four steps of Scout advancement.
2c. Describe what the Scout ranks are and how they are earned.
2d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
3a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
3b. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
4a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
4b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
5. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocket knife safety.
6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide (354KB download) and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.  *Cyber Chip Requirements 2 & 3 should be done at home with parents, requirements 1, 4 & 5 can be completed at Troop Meetings.  The Troop will provide the Cyber Chip card.  (view the requirements here)
7. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

Scout Rank