Scouting offers a time-tested set of activities that have produced fine citizens, dedicated family members, and strong community leaders for more than 97 years.
Browse our overview of Scouting to learn more about programs for youth ages 7-20 - and once you're interested in joining, supporting, or starting a unit in your area, contact Direct Service for more detailed information.
The European Camp Staff program is operated by the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Members of the Boy Scouts of America, ages 18 through 30, are given opportunity to serve as volunteers in European Region Scout camps and training centers. The counselor pays for personal roundtrip air transportation. Room and board are provided in camp in addition to accident and illness insurance. For more information, visit the BSA International Department at BSA International Division.
Lone Scouting is set up to offer the Scouting experience to boys who cannot readily join a unit or attend meetings of packs and troops. This plan is ideal for American boys living outside the boundaries of the United States who do not have access to one of our units established in the various countries throughout the world. To learn more about the Lone Scouting plan, review the fact sheet and see the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guide
Even though Direct Service doesn't operate a summer camp, there are still options to provide a summer camp experience for Scouts. Most local councils and high adventure bases of the Boy Scouts of America operate a summer long-term camp program for Scouts. Many also welcome Scouts from other areas to attend their camp. If your unit is unable to arrange a long-term camp opportunity for all of your Scouts under your own adult leadership, you may be able to help individual Scouts attend camp in the U.S.A. while home on summer leave. To find out camp dates, costs, and other details of a local council camp, contact Direct Service. Indicate the U.S.A. city where a Scout will be for the summer and include approximate dates. Direct Service will contact the local B.S.A. council or high adventure base and put the Scout and his family in contact with them to request additional details. Please remember this is a lengthy process, so requests should be submitted no later than March 1st each year.
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