Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA

Introduction to Membership

The Boy Scouts of America—A Membership Organization



The Federal charter from Congress charges the Boy Scouts of America to make its program available to all who are eligible, but recognizes that young people must become members in order to derive the benefits available from the Scouting program. Those who administer the program must, therefore, serve the membership and also actively and purposefully recruit new members.


Since ours is a membership organization, we must seek opportunities to retain our current members and to increase our new membership. The inculcation of high values and the acceptance of the philosophy offered by the Boy Scouts of America through its program touch young people's lives after they become members. Those who believe youngsters need what we have to offer will redouble efforts to touch the lives of as many as possible.


Five Sources of Membership Growth


Membership Resources




Membership Committee Guide Unit Performance Guide