From a Troop ScoutMasterT here is a question about the Boy Scouts that I have wondered about for some time. I wanted to join the Boy Scouts when I was a boy but I was afraid to ask anyone how you join. This was during FDR's first term and maybe things have changed. Do you have to be invited to join like being tapped to join a fraternity? Or do you fill out an application to join or be sponsored by a member? I bought a Boy Scout Manual at the corner drug store and learned to tie all the knots but the boys shunned me
posted on 03/04/2011 6:49:18 PM PST
Boys don’t need to be sponsored to join Boy Scouts. They need to find a local troop and be of the right age. There is no invitation involved. A registration form is required, and there area annual dues which can vary a bit from troop to troop. Our troop charges about $40 annually, of which part of the dues payment stays with the troop and the rest goes to our district council. Working from memory now, I believe the boys have to be 11 or to have finished the 5th grade. Many come from Cub Scouts, and cross over about this time of year in their 5th grade school year. Cub Scouting is not a requirement, however.
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