Boy Scouts of America
(BSA) Inland Northwest Council
411 W. Boy Scout Way
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 325-4562

Contact: Katherine Benson

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5:30
$15 annual registration fee
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A youth development program building good character in youth by teaching citizenship, personal fitness and leadership.

The 100 year old Scouting program is much more than camping and outdoor activities.  Scouting teaches boys outdoor skills, challenging themselves, achieving goals and leadership. 

The BSA Mission Statement:  
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Programs for Youth include:

    •    Cub Scouts for 1st - 5th grade boys - with projects, games, outdoor fun and family activities.
    •    Boy Scouts for 6th – 8th grade boys - teaches outdoor camping skills, leadership and career skills.
    •    Venturing for 14-20 year old young men and women - features high adventure outdoor sports.
    •    Exploring for 14-20 year old young men and women - features career clubs.                  

Values Taught in the BSA Program:

Scout Motto:     Be Prepared

Scout Slogan:  
Do a Good Turn Daily

Scout Law:        A Scout is...
                           trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
                           courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,
                           thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Scout Oath:     
On my honor I will do my best
                          To do my duty to God and my country
                          and to obey the Scout Law;
                          To help other people at all times;
                          To keep myself physically strong,
                          mentally awake, and morally straight.

Merit Badges can be earned in 14 categories:

    •  AGRIBUSINESS – Animal Science, Farm Mechanics, Plant Science

    •  ARTS AND CRAFTS – Art, Basketry, Bugling, Leather work, Metalwork, Music, Pottery, Sculpture, Theater, Wood Carving

    •  BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY – American Business, Entrepreneurship, Pulp and Paper, Salesmanship, Textile

    •  CONSERVATION – Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Soil and water Conservation

    •  HOBBIES – Backpacking, Camping, Coin Collecting, Collections, Cooking, Dog Care, Gardening, Hiking, Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Model Design and Building, Pets, Pioneering, Radio, Rowing, Stamp Collecting

    •  NATURAL SCIENCE – Archaeology, Astronomy, Bird Study, Geology, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Oceanography, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Weather

    •  COMMUNICATIONS – Cinematography, Journalism, Photography

    •  PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – American Cultures, American Heritage, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Disabilities Awareness, Family Life, Genealogy, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Public Speaking, Reading, Scholarship, Traffic Safety, Wilderness Survival

    •  PHYSICAL SCIENCE – Chemistry, Computers, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Nuclear Science, Space Exploration 

    •  PROFESSIONS – Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Law, Medicine, Surveying, Veterinary Medicine

    •  PUBLIC SERVICE – Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Lifesaving, Public Health, Safety

    •  SPORTS – Archery, Athletics, Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Golf, Horsemanship, Motor Boating, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Skating, Small Boat Sailing, Snow Sports, Swimming, Water skiing, Whitewater

    •  TRADES – American Labor, Auto Mechanics, Composite Materials, Drafting, Graphic Arts, Painting, Plumbing, Woodwork

    •  TRANSPORTATION – Aviation, Railroading, Truck Transportation

Volunteer Opportunities :
  • Introduce boys to the BSA program, and show them the list of over 100 merit badges they can earn (listed below).  
  • Work with Boy Scout troops—mentoring youth, teaching self reliance skills, outdoor skills, office clerical record keeping, building skills, merit badge instructor, etc…
  • Volunteer to lead a group of Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.
  • Become a Merit Badge Instructor.  Scouts are taught to serve others, become self-reliant, and become an honorable citizen of our country.  They learn many skills, and can earn Merit Badges in over 100 areas.  

  • Volunteer your business or organization to sponsor a merit badge, and introduce scouts to your trade or field of expertise.  Consider the merit badge categories listed above.
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