Welcome to Scouting!
First off, we would like to say thank you. Thank you for your willingness to try out our great organization and all the fantastic benefits Scouting has to offer.
Scouting is about character development and having confidence in yourself to Be Prepared! The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the largest youth organization in the nation with nearly 3 million youth members and 1.1 million registered adult leaders enrolled in over 122,500 local Scout units. You've joined a great organization, and we want to help you get started!
Our program is a family program, one that we hope will become part of your family. Our goal is that you will come to enjoy Scouting just as much as your child.
Most things you will need to know to get familiar with Scouting is available in online training modules through the my.scouting.org. We reccomend you log in, complete youth protection training, This is Scouting Training, then find the training that cooresponds with your child's age and program or your area of responsibility. Find out more at www.cpcbsa.org/training
Join our Enewsletter, Download our council Activity Guide, Like our Facebook page, or attend your District's monthly Roundtable meeting (second Thursday each month). Find your "District" then find your disrict's Calendar to learn about upcoming events.
Go to Summer Camp:
Our summer camps are some of the best in the country. Learn about our camps by reading our council Activity Guide or check out each camp on our camping link above. Here is a general link to our camping page.
Every Scouting Leader and every parent will not only have the opportunity to live vicariously through the eyes of children, Scouting can provide unique opportinities to deepen relationships and experience new adventures. Unlike may things in a child's life, Scouting tends to be that thind where they get to do things with their parents, enhancing the parent-child relationship well into adulthood.
Resources for starting your Scouting experience:
Here are a few things that you might want to learn about as a new member:
Info for new Cub Scouts and their families
If your son is a new Cub Scout, here's a great starting place to read about the exciting and fun Cub Scout program.
Info for new Boy Scouts and their families
If your son is a new Boy Scout, here's a great starting place to read about the exciting and fun Boy Scout program.
Getting a uniform and your first Scout handbook
There are Scout Stores in Portland and Salem that carry books, uniforms, and other Scouting supplies. Staff are eager to help you get started; click here for store locations.
Who can help you get started in your neighborhood
Every neighborhood is served by local adult volunteers and a professional Scouter who work together to coordinate year-round Scouting activities. You can find your local contact by visiting our Find your District page, or by calling 503.226.3423 and we'll connect you with your local Scouting representative who can help you get started.