In a rapidly changing society, problem solving and teamwork are prerequisites for great leaders.

Whether it's leading a game, an activity, a meeting or the whole troop on a hike, Scouts learn cooperation, listening, and decision-making skills in a supportive environment.  

According to a TUFTS University Study, "Scouts showed a three-fold increase in hopefulness when compared to non-Scouts. When youth are hopeful about the future, it is proven they are more likely to do well in school, have higher career aspirations and make more thoughtful choices."

Because of you | Tanya Acker

Because of you, Tanya, young women are learning the values and characteristics that will shape and inspire their careers and journeys. Thank you for your vision and leadership with this first class of female Eagle Scouts. 

“The Scouts is an incredible organization because it’s one of the few institutions where kids from a variety of socio-economic, racial, geographic and gender backgrounds have access to the activities and opportunities that we provide. I’m absolutely thrilled that young women now have the opportunity to participate and attain the rank of Eagle Scout.” – Tanya Acker

Tanya Acker is an attorney, television and podcast host, author, and philanthropist. She serves as a board member for the BSA National Executive Board, BSA National Foundation, and West Los Angeles County Council; Co-Chair of the BSA Women in Scouting committee; and member of the BSA Diversity committee.

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Prepared. For Life.©

Today’s participants in Scouting’s many programs are following the legacy of adventure, like millions of boys and girls before them. It is through this legacy that they are serving families, communities, and the nation while learning skills and building friendships that will guide them throughout the course of their lives. They are becoming Prepared. For Life.©

Attaining Eagle is for everyone

The Boy Scouts of America made history in 2019 by welcoming young women into Scouts BSA. With this landmark move, girls now have the opportunity to benefit from the Scouts BSA program, to advance and earn Scouting’s highest rank—Eagle Scout.

At the close of 2019, the BSA was serving more than 150,000 young women in Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA.

In 2019, 61,353 young men earned the Eagle Scout rank. Reaching this pinnacle requires Scouts to conceive of, plan for, and complete a project that takes into account everything they’ve learned about leadership, service, outdoor skills, and values.

Want to be inspired? Check out the Eagle Scout Project Showcase.


First-rate representation in Washington

12 youth delegates from across the United States represented the BSA in Washington, D.C., to present the organization’s Annual Report to the Nation's top U.S. officials.

Being selected as a Report to the Nation delegate is an honor for BSA youth. The delegates were selected due to their outstanding representation of the values Scouting instills in our nation’s young people.

Each delegate represents their communities, as well as more than 100 million youth members who have been part of the BSA and the millions who will follow.

Here are 12 phenomenal young men and women who represented the BSA for Report to the Nation in 2019:

  • Tyler Brackett; Portland, Maine
  • Trevor Burke; Dallas, Texas
  • Thomas Giese; Long Beach, California
  • Natalie MacEwan; Woodland Hills, California
  • Isabella Messer; Portland, Maine
  • Avery Neuhart; Bethesda, Maryland
  • Michalea Oakes; San Antonio, Texas
  • Jack Otto; Houston, Texas
  • Matt Parsons; Lewes, Delaware
  • Te’Lario Watkins II; Columbus, Ohio
  • Vionn Welcome; Orlando, Florida
  • Dominic Wolters; Saint Paul, Minnesota

Scouts BSA members are learning to lead through the lens of worthwhile values. 


of Scouts BSA members say Scouting has given them opportunities to lead.


of Scouts BSA members say being in Scouting constantly reinforces worthwhile values.

National leadership

The BSA comprises approximately 800,000 volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources enables the BSA to serve our nation’s youth through character and leadership development. Leading these volunteers are the National Executive Board, along with the President and CEO, Assistant Chief Scout Executives, and the senior leadership team. 

The Key 3

The Key 3 consists of the top three individuals within each level of the BSA: unit, district, council, area, region and national. At the national level, the members of the Key 3 are the National Chair, National Commissioner and the President and CEO. Learn more about the Key 3 here. 

National Chair | Jim Turley

“Scouting provides youth with the opportunity to obtain the skills needed to become tomorrow’s leaders, and that’s why we’ve worked hard to make our programs available to as many young people as possible. Thank you to all of our volunteers— your service is what enables the BSA to progress in its mission to serve more youth.”

National Commissioner |
Ellie Morrison

“Leadership is the backbone of Scouting. Thank you to our volunteers—your example of leadership and your focus on the mission of Scouting inspires us all.”

President and CEO |
Roger Mosby

“As members of the BSA community, we must work to keep Scouting’s values top of mind, because the character and leadership-development skills taught through our programs are more important now than ever before.“