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4802 South 19th Street
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Scouts BSA Information

Information about Scouts BSA

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Information for New Scouts BSA Parents and Volunteers, let's get you started...

Welcome to the adventure of Scouting in the Pacific Harbors Council! We look forward to helping you begin your journey. If you are unable to find the answers you need in the information provided here, please contact your Unit Leader or your Council Executive Staff.

Check out this resource page, full of great information!

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THE ADVENTURE OF Scouts BSA

Welcome to the adventure of Scouts BSA! The Scouts BSA program provides a common community for boys and girls from age 11 to 18 to learn, take risks, and grow in a safe, fun, group environment. Here are some links to help you learn more about Cub Scouts:

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Upcoming Activities for Scouts BSA

Click on each link for more information!

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KEEP CURRENT WITH Scouts BSA NEWS

To keep current on what is going on in our program there are several sources:

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ESTIMATED PROGRAM COSTS

When compared to the cost of sports and many other activities, there is no doubt that Scouting delivers great value to its members! Costs may be offset by unit fundraising (such as popcorn sales) and other available scholarship funds. Cub Scout Packs handle these costs (with the exception of annual registration) on an individual basis.  Please contact your Pack leadership for details.  Typical costs may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Annual registration fee of $33

  • Boys' Life magazine subscription (optional $12 per year)

  • Uniform cost

  • Scouts BSA Handbook

  • Troop dues (annual fee determined by troop leadership, to help offset cost of badges, camping fees, etc.)

  • Activity Fee for Summer Camp or other activities

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CHARTERING PARTNERS

Each Cub Scout Pack, Scouts BSA Troop, or Venturing Crew is part of the community by partnering with a local organization to help guide and nurture the unit. Chartering Organizations may be civic, faith-based, or an educational organizations.  By partnering with a local, community-based organization, units will reflect the personality of the community. 

For more information about how our Chartering Partner relationship works, click here

Here is a fact sheet about our Chartering Partners, who they are, and how many units they sponsor.

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ADULT APPLICATION PROCESS

All youth serving adult volunteers are required to fill out an application and submit to a background check.  Ask your unit for an application form, download the form from the National website, or pick one up at the Tacoma Scout Office located at 4802 South 19th Street in Tacoma or the Tumwater Service & Training Center located at 1760 Barnes Blvd in Tumwater.

All Pacific Harbors Council applicants must complete Youth Protection Training prior to turning in the application.  Please attach a copy of the completion certificate to the application.

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ADULT LEADER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

All adult leadership opportunities require position-specific training in addition to Youth Protection Training.  All direct-contact leaders are required to complete basic training in order for their units to recharter each year.  Direct-contact leaders include: Cubmaster, Assistant Cubmaster, Den Leader, Assistant Den Leader, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venturing Advisor, Associate Advisor, Skipper, or Mate.  Studies have shown a positive correlation between a successful and thriving unit, and a trained adult leadership staff.

Training opportunities are available in a number of ways: