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Key Topics

Key Topics

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Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America is committed to providing the safest environment possible for our youth members. We know that millions of youth members, their parents, and volunteers depend on Scouting to maintain its high standard for youth safety. Because of this, youth protection is a critical component of our program. Scouting is committed to continuing its efforts by focusing…


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Membership Policies

With approximately 2.5 million youth members, the Boy Scouts of America works to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience. Effective January 1, 2014, no youth may be denied membership in the BSA on the basis of sexual orientation…


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Report to the Nation

Each year, as part of the BSA’s congressional charter, the Boy Scouts of America® is required to present a report to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This report covers who the BSA is as an organization, the programs and initiatives it supports, and its major accomplishments and contributions over the past year. This report is a presentation of who we…


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Merit Badges

Scouts can earn more than 100 merit badges, including the newest merit badges—Kayaking, Search and Rescue, and Game Design. Earning merit badges gives Scouts the opportunity to participate in activities and study subjects that prepare them for life. For information on merit badge requirements and resources, go to Boys’ Life magazine’s Merit Badge Requirements page. Merit Badge Popularity The top 10…


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