Orange County Council


New Families - The Steps to Join Scouting

Step #1: Let's Get Started

New families, let’s join Scouting!  The purpose of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.

Click on the buttons to find out what scouting is all about.

New Families Explore Cub Scouts

What is Cub Scouts?

New Families Explore Scouts BSA

What is Scouts BSA?

Step #2: Find a Unit

Video: is a national BSA website to help you find a unit close to you. Be it Cub Scouts (Grades K-5, ages 5-10), Scouts BSA (ages 11-17), or Venturing and Explorers (ages 14-21) this site can help you find a unit to fit your needs.

Please click on the intro video for how to use the site.  Click on the “Be A Scout” button to find a unit that’s right for you!

Join Scouting Be A Scout

Find a Unit

Be A is a national website to help you find a unit any where in the USA.

Step #3: Sign Up

After you find and visit a unit  you need to fill out an application to sign up for Scouting. is a national scouting membership portal to collect applications and get your information to the unit you want to join. Create an account and fill out an online application.

If you haven’t already, we recommend you visit a unit first to see if they are a fit for you.  You can pay your national fees for joining on this website also. There is a national fee and each unit does have a local fee. (see the unit for more information).

This is the site you’ll go to, to get training as a parent or a leader including Youth Protection Training. Remember and Save this login, as you will use it regularly during your Scouting adventure.

Join Scouting my.scouting

Fill out an Application


Step #4: Get a Uniform

The uniform and insignia of the Boy Scouts of America gives a Scout visibility and creates a level of identity within both the unit and the community. The uniform is used to promote equality while showing individual achievement.  The unit your joining may have gently used uniforms to share, don’t forget to ask.

The Orange County Scout Shop is located at:  1211 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana 92705

See the OC Scout Shop Facebook page for hours or visit About Orange County for more information.

The Orange County Scout Shop is here to serve Scouting families and Scout leaders so they may deliver the best Scouting program. We carry all of your scouting needs, from uniforms to camping gear! Shop with us and support local scouting!

Orange County Scout Shop

OC Scout Shop

Step #5: Be Active!

Scout Book Link



Congratulation you have just joined a unit!   Get ready for learning new skills, meeting new friends, trying new thing, and most of all having FUN. is tool to help you interact with your unit. You will use the same login as the login you just created. SCOUT BOOK will have unit rosters, calendars, meeting notices, and your advancement records. 

Boy Scouts of America is a national organization to promote leadership in our youth. Orange County Boy Scout of America or is just one counsel located in Orange County California. 


Follow these 3 simple steps and begin your Scouting journey.


Find a Scouting Unit

Select your preferred program(s) (i.e., Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing), enter your zip code, choose your nearest unit, and select APPLY NOW.


Complete a Youth Application

Create an account with, complete the application, and make a payment.


Start Scouting!

Download the My Scouting app, contact your unit’s leader, and begin your Scouting journey!


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