Become A Scout

In order to become a Scout, you must:

  • Be a youth who has completed the fifth grade, or who has earned the Arrow of Light Award, or is 11 years of age but not yet 18.

  • Find a good Scout Troop, like Troop 9. (just show up at our Monday night meeting)

  • Complete the Scout joining requirements (see below)

If you have questions you can send an e-mail to

You can become a Scout right away if you're the right age. If you are not yet old enough, you can join Cub Scouts or Webelos, the branch of Scouting for younger boys. You don't need to have been a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout to become a Scout.

If you don't know where a Scout troop meets, ask Scouts in your neighborhood or school. They will invite you to their next meeting. You can also call the Boy Scout of America in your area. In central Indiana that office is:

Crossroads of America Council

7125 Fall Creek Road North

Indianapolis, IN 46256

(877) 925-1900

Joining Requirements

At your first troop meeting, your Scoutmaster will explain the following joining requirements of the Boy Scouts of America:Scout Badge

  • Meet the age requirements. Be a youth who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

  • Find a Scout troop near your home.

  • Complete a Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.

  • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.

  • Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).

  • Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.

  • Describe the Scout badge.

  • Complete the pamphlet exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

  • Turn in your Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.