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Every person in Scouting learns the motto “Be Prepared.”

And while that can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, ultimately the Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life. We prepare them for life by creating opportunities for learning and growth that foster and strengthen self-confidence, ethics, respect for others, academic skills, and leadership abilities that stay with them their entire lives.

Scouting is:

Cub Scouts

Girls and Boys grades k-5

Boy Scouts

Boys ages 11-17
(Girls ages 11-17 can join beginning Feb. 2019. At that time, the program will become Scouts BSA.)


Young men and women at least 14 but not yet 21
(have completed 8th grade)


Young men and women 14-21 (or 13 and have completed eighth grade)



To sign up for Scouting, click “Join Scouting.” Then enter your zip code to locate a Scout group near you!

*The Greater St. Louis Area Council covers 51 different counties in the southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and St. Louis Metropolitan areas. View our service area.

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Read our Frequently Asked Questions page about the Scouting program or request more information.

You can also call us at 314-361-0600, or visit, for a listing of Scout groups in your area.