About Scouting



--- What is Boy Scouts ---

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develops personal fitness. For more than a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Boy Scouts is for boys who are at least 10 years old, or having completed the fifth grade, but not yet 18 years old. In Boy Scouts, Scouts become part of a Troop and that Troop is sub-divided into smaller groups, or Patrols. Patrols can vary in size, but a typical patrol will be made up of 6-8 Scouts. Troops are sponsored by community groups such as churches, schools and other service groups that want to provide a program for youth.
Our sponsor, or Charter Organization, is St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Boy Scouts has a lot to offer, but don't let the 130+ merit badges scare you away. With the exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience through earning merit badges that reflect each boy's budding interests, they unlock a world of discovery around them, and forge their path for the future. By culminating the Boy Scouting experience by earning the rank of Eagle and accomplishing a service project imagined and executed by the Scout himself, he can prove his leadership skills and gain the confidence he needs to excel in life and in the world at large.


Scout

Tenderfoot
The first rank a Scout can earn

The second rank a Scout can earn
This badge is awarded when the Scout demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals such as tying a square knot and knowing the Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.

Tenderfoot is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence.


Second Class 

First Class
The third rank a Scout can earn

The fourth rank a Scout can earn
Second Class is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence.

First Class is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit. At this point, Scouts stop focusing on the Scout skills, and start working on leadership. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence.


Star

Life
The third-highest rank a Scout can earn

The second-highest rank a Scout can earn
Star is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew in a position of responsibility for at least 4 months; performs at least six hours of community service; and earns six merit badges (four of which must be among the 13 required for Eagle Scout).

Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service. A Scout must also earn five merit badges (three of which must be required for the rank of Eagle Scout). Finally, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, and board of review.


Eagle
The highest rank a Scout can earn
Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. Requirements include earning a minimum total of 21 merit badges, including all required badges that were not previously earned, and demonstration of Scout Spirit, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.
A Few Notable Eagle Scouts

  • Neil Armstrong - First man on the moon
  • Willie Banks - Olympic athlete, former world-record holder in triple jump and long jump
  • Michael Bloomberg - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Guion “Guy” S. Bluford Jr. - Retired U.S. Air Force officer and space shuttle astronaut; first African American in space
  • Bill Bradley - Former professional basketball player, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate
  • Stephen Breyer - Associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Mike Crapo - U.S. senator from Idaho
  • William C. DeVries, M.D. - Surgeon and educator; transplanted the first artificial heart
  • Michael Dukakis - Former governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate
  • Mike Enzi - U.S. senator from Wyoming
  • Thomas Foley - Former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and ambassador to Japan
  • Gerald R. Ford - 38th president of the United States
  • Steve Fossett - World-record holder; first to circumnavigate Earth solo in a balloon and an airplane
  • Chan Gailey - College and professional football coach
  • John Garamendi - Former Lieutenant governor of California
  • Bill Gates Sr. - CEO of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; father of Bill Gates
  • Robert Gates - U.S. secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Michael Kahn - Academy Award–winning film editor
  • James A. Lovell Jr. - Former U.S. Navy officer and Apollo 13 commander
  • Gary Locke - Former governor of Washington; first Chinese American governor in the United States
  • Richard G. Lugar - U.S. senator from Indiana
  • J. Willard Marriott Jr. - Chairman and CEO of Marriott International
  • George Meyer - Writer and producer of “The Simpsons”
  • Ben Nelson - U.S. senator from Nebraska
  • H. Ross Perot - Founder of EDS and Perot Systems; former presidential candidate
  • Rick Perry - Former Governor of Texas
  • Beasley Reece - Former NFL player and sportscaster
  • Mike Rowe - Host of “Dirty Jobs” television program
  • Donald Rumsfeld - Former U. S. secretary of defense
  • Jefferson Sessions - U.S. senator from Alabama William S. Sessions Former federal judge and director of the FBI
  • John Tesh - Recording artist and performer
  • Togo West - Former U.S. secretary of veterans affairs and secretary of the Army