Getting Started in Our Troop

How To Become A Boy Scout
  1. You must be at least 11 years old or be 10 years old and have received your Arrow of Light from Webelos.
  2. Visit the troop during a meeting.  We recommend you attend at least two troop meetings to ensure you would like to become a member of Troop 39.  Please contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman to schedule a visit to the troop.
  3. Schedule an interview with the Committee Chairman. The interview is for both the prospective scout and his parents.
  4. One you have successfully completed the interview, complete the Boy Scout Application and Health History forms which are then submitted to the Troop Registrar.  The forms can be found at: http://www.boyscouts-ncac.org/pages/1309_forms_documents.cfm
  5. Pay the $25 one-time joining fee and $50 annual dues.  The one-time joining fee is paid to the National Capital Area Council (NCAC).  The annual dues are used to cover some of the operating costs for the troop.  You may also choose to pay an extra $12 for a one-year subscription to “Boy’s Life” magazine.  Boy’s Life is a monthly BSA publication and has stories about scout bravery, jokes, and helpful hints for Scouting.
  6. Purchase a Boy Scout Handbook which can be bought at the Leesburg Hobbies and Collectibles in Leesburg, VA.
  7. Purchase a Class A Boy Scout Uniform Shirt and appropriate patches from the Hobby Shop in Leesburg or the Scout Shops located in Bethesda, MD and Springfield, VA.  Class B shirts may be purchased through the troop.  Scouts can wear official BSA pants and shorts or appropriate solid color pants are acceptable.  Scouts should not wear gym shorts to Scouting events unless specifically directed by the Troop.
As soon as possible, after his first troop meeting, each boy will complete the joining requirements as described in the Boy Scout Handbook:
  • Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance;
  • Demonstrate the Scout salute, sign, and handclasp;
  • Show how to tie the square knot;
  • Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, the Scout Slogan, and the Outdoor Code;
  • Describe the Scout Badge;
  • With his parent or guardian, read the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse (contained in the Boy Scout Handbook); and,
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference
When a scout has completed these requirements, he becomes a Scout.  The Scoutmaster will provide a BSA membership card, and the new Scout will be able to wear the Boy Scout badge and uniform.