A number of opportunities such as training courses, summer jobs, scholarships, and special programs are available to Boy Scouts.
Order of the Arrow
More than 180,000 members strong, the Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.
National Eagle Scout Association [NESA]
The NESA Web site provides information about becoming a member, assistance for Life Scouts pursuing the Eagle rank, information about scholarships for Eagle Scouts, and an array of resources for members.
Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is Scouting’s one-of-a-kind, flagship event— the national Scout jamboree.
Outdoor Adventures for Older Boy Scouts
There are a variety of outdoor opportunities available for older Scouts (those who are at least 13 years old or have completed the seventh grade)
BSA High Adventure Bases
The BSA operates three national high-adventure bases, each with its own unique program opportunities:
- Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high-adventure base, challenges Scouts and with more than 200 square miles of rugged New Mexico wilderness.
- The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is set in the Florida Keys and offers many aquatic and boating adventures.
- The Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, based in northern Minnesota with two satellite bases in Canada, provides a variety of unforgettable canoe treks and programs.
- The newest addition, The Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, is in the wilds of West Virginia on more than 10,000 acres. The Summit offers Scouts the ultimate high-adventure outdoor playground and is the permanent home of the national Scout jamboree.
Staff Needed for High-Adventure Bases
Philmont Scout Ranch, The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, and The Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve annually seek applications from qualified men and women.
Acquire Life Skills at Scout Camp
Explore the opportunities for a variety of summer camp staff jobs at 420 Scout camps and 60 council high-adventure programs.
European Camp Staff Program
Through the European Camp Staff program, young leaders from the Boy Scouts of America have the opportunity to learn more about Scouting in Europe by working at a European Scout center.
National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship Opportunities
The National Eagle Scout Association offers two types of Eagle Scout scholarships: Academic scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need. Merit scholarships are based on school and Scouting participation, and community service.
NJCOS Eagle Scout Scholarship Programs
The National Jewish Committee on Scouting awards national scholarships to the Eagle Scouts that may be used to attend a college, university, or school selected by the student.
PADI Scholarship Program
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors offers a multilevel scholarship program to introduce Scouts who meet minimum requirements (as specified in the Scuba Diving merit badge pamphlet) to the exciting underwater world.