Join Scouting

Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America!

Scouting is adventure, family, fun, character, leadership, and so much more. 

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

Mountaineer Area Council supports the implementation of the BSA programs in north central West Virginia.

Thank you to WVU Medicine Children's for being the 2022 fall recruitment sponsor for Mountaineer Area Council!

Programs of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for young people that build character.  There are several programs to choose from depending on the age and interest of the child.

Boys and Girls
Grades K-5
(Ages 5-10)

Local Unit:  Pack
Adult Leader:  Cubmaster

Cub Scout packs are boy-only, girl-only, or family (for boys & girls)

Boys and Girls
Grades 6-12
(Ages 11-17)

Local Unit:  Troop
Adult Leader:  Scoutmaster

Scouts BSA troops are single-gender and either for boys or girls.

Ages 14-20

Local Unit:  Crew
Adult Leader:  Advisor

Ages 14-20
Career Education

Local Unit:  Post
Adult Leader:  Advisor

Cub Scouts 101
(for parents/guardians)

Why Join Scouts BSA?
(for youth)

Frequently Asked Questions

Meeting times and locations vary. Typically, though, units meet weekly or bi-weekly during the school year and less frequently during the summer. Each individual unit will work to set a meeting location and schedule that is convenient for its members. With a number of units meeting in most neighborhoods, there is sure to be an option that fits within your family’s schedule.

When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! The annual registration fee to join Scouting is $80, with a one-time joining fee of $25. In addition, there are one-time uniform costs and nominal activity fees that may be charged by your local unit. Of course, these costs may be offset by unit fundraising efforts and other available assistance funds. Please contact your local unit leadership for details.

Absolutely! Scouting seeks to provide the positive outcomes of character development and leadership skills for all eligible youth. Since its founding in 1910, the BSA has guided young men and women of all abilities down their path to success. Based on the individual needs and circumstances involved, unit leadership will work with a child’s parents to ensure a challenging and rewarding Scouting experience.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! There is nothing more rewarding than helping young people take their first steps down the path to success. It’s easy to get started! Simply complete an online adult application and submit it, along with the $60 annual registration fee. They will guide you step-by-step through the process. Haven’t yet found a unit, or need contact information? Click here for options near you! You can also email us at for non-unit (district and council) volunteer opportunities. 

You’ve made a great choice to explore the fun and adventure of Scouting! To get started, simply complete an online youth application and submit it, along with the $80 annual registration fee and one-time $25 joining fee. You can also apply online at They will guide you step-by-step through the process. Haven’t yet found a unit, or need contact information? Click here for options near you!