Youth 11-17 years old


This is the traditional Scouting experience for youth in the fifth grade through high school. Service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.



Boy Scouts has a lot to offer, but don’t let the number of merit badges scare you away. With exposure to a uniquely hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to earn merit badges reflecting each Scout’s budding interests, youth unlock a world of discovery around them and forge a path for the future. 

There are more than 150 awards you can earn as a Boy Scout. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge or one of the many other individual awards, there’s plenty for you to set your sights on.

Check out where to put all of your patches on your uniform.

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s national honor society. The OA focuses on service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults.

Steven Spilberg

As an 11-year-old, Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg kicked off his filmmaking career in the Boy Scouts using his father’s 8mm movie camera to film a nine-minute Western called “The Last Gunfight.” It earned him a merit badge for photography.