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Scout

1999
Boy Scout Joining Requirements

(Scout Badge)


Revisions to these requirements,
which became effective on April 1, 1999,
are shown in Bold Underlined print, similar to this paragraph.
Deletions are shown struck through in red italics, like this text.
Unchanged text is shown like this.

(Old items 3-9 have been renumbered 4-10)

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  1. Meet age requirements: Be a boy who has completed Complete the fifth grade, or be is 11 years old, or has have earned the Arrow of Light Award, but be younger than is under 18 years old.
  2. Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
  3. Find a Scout Troop near your home. (To find a troop, contact your local Boy Scout Council.  The Council name, address and phone number can be found on BSA's Council Locator Page.)
  4. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handclasp handshake.
  6. Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
  7. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Law, Motto, and Slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  8. Describe the Scout badge.
  9. Complete the Pamphlet Exercises: With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse : A Parent's Guide".
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

Page updated on: February 25, 2008

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