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Scouts BSA

With more than 130 Merit Badges—from Archery and Art to Welding and Wilderness Survival—Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing. Scouts BSA explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle.


By first imagining, planning then doing their own service projects, Scouts BSA learn the value of hard work, and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off. Add in outdoor adventures, hiking and camping, and Scouting gives boys and girls all the experience they need to become men and women.

Scouts BSA is a year-round program for youths age 11 - 17. Youth who are 10 may join if they have received the Arrow of Light Award or have finished the fifth grade.

Youth in Scouts BSA prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve. After they’ve been give the proper guidance from those with experiences and know-how, they take their own lead, going places they’ve never gone, seeing things they’ve never seen, and diving into the rugged world of outdoor adventure, relying on teamwork and character accomplishment when everyone else thinks it is impossible. 

Questions to ask when picking a Troop

When joining Scouts BSA, picking the right Troop is important, and below are some questions that may help you in picking the perfect Troop!

  • Does my Scout feel comfortable in this Troop?

  • When does the Troop meet? How frequently?

  • How often do you go camping?

  • Do you attend Council events?

  • What are some of your Troop’s core/signature events?

  • Is the Troop youth-led?

  • Does your Troop participate in high-adventure trips?

  • What other activities are your Scouts involved in?

  • How are activities funded?

  • Are service projects a priority?

  • At what pace do Scouts advance in rank?

  • Has the Troop achieved Journey to Excellence bronze, silver or gold status?

  • Are youth and adult leaders trained?

  • How big is the Troop? How many patrols?

  • How are Scouts with special needs welcomed?

Ready to get started?
Call the Eykamp Scout Center Today at 812-423-5246 or send us an Email.

Additionally you can visit to see opportunities in you area, request more info, and apply online


To learn where and when Troops meet and are holding sign-ups, contact the following based on where you live:

Native Trails: Vanderburgh, Posey, White, Gallatin Counties and Newburgh-

Contact Greg Hager at 812-423-5246 ext. 2214

Lincoln Heritage: Warrick, Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Pike Counties-

Contact Ryan Abbott at 812-423-5246 ext. 2217

Algonkian: Gibson, Knox, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, and Edwards Counties-

Contact Jessica Haase at 812-423-5246 ext. 2216

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