Scouts BSA Resources

We are excited to welcome our first all-girl Scouts BSA troops in 2019.  We have prepared the following resources to help simplify the process for getting a Scouts BSA troop started in your area.  The guidelines below are a great resource for both all-girl and all-boy Scouts BSA troops.  

If you can’t find the information that you are looking for or have additional questions, please reach out to the New Birth of Freedom Council and we will put you in touch with a local representative that can help get your unit started!

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Scouts BSA Webinar – This is a recording of a webinar held November 29, 2018.  This webinar is designed for anyone interested in getting a Scouts BSA unit started.  

What is Scouts BSA?

For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy Scouts of America will be open to young women.

Scouts BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves.  

In Scouts BSA, young men and women go places, test themselves, and have one-of-a-kind adventures that can’t be found anywhere else. 

Family Scouting Info Graphic – This graphic shares the structure for Linked Troops as well as our separate single gender troops.

Program FAQs – This document shares a number of the most frequently asked questions about troop structure, program, and leadership.

Scouts BSA Timeline – This document shares the timeline for materials and support items leading up to the Scouts BSA launch in February 2019.

What you need to know!

How to Start a Scouts BSA Troop – This page gives you step-by-step instructions of what needs to be completed to get your troop started.

Youth Protection and Scouts BSA – These resources help to describe the Youth Protection Guidelines that govern all Scouting Programs.

Family Scouting Information – Specifically pages 13-15 address Youth Protection

Recruitment for Scouts BSA – This page takes you through some methods to recruit your initial Scouts for your unit including Webelos-to-Scout Transition, Troop Open House, and taking advantage of nationally produced resources.

Earning the Eagle Scout Rank – Boys and girls who join Scouting for the first time and are older than 16 but not yet 18 by February 1, 2019 can request an extension to complete the rank of Eagle Scout.  Details of the extension are available in this FAQ.  

The Order of the Arrow and Scouts BSA – Starting February 1, 2019, female youth will be eligible to be inducted into Scouting’s Honor Society the Order of the Arrow.

Budget Planning and Finances for a New Troop – Finances are an important part of any unit.  In order to do everything that the unit wants to be able to do, the unit needs to raise funds and to manage them.  Having a unit budget helps the unit achieve its program goals and having good financial controls keeps the unit sound.  

BSA Branding – This helpful guide is useful for recruiting as well as making sure we are sharing the right information with our chartered organizations, families, and communities as a whole.