The Boy Scouts of America is proud to provide the Scouting experience to all youth who meet membership requirements. Youth can join Cub Scouting or Scouts BSA and have the opportunity to grow and learn from Scouting. There are many opportunities for youth to benefit from the Scouting experience. In the changing world of COVID 19, the Great Alaska Council has expanded this program to all youth wither in the remotest village of Alaska or the Big city of Anchorage, you can participate as a Lone Scout for the reminder of 2020-2021 program year. After that program year is up we will re-visit world circumstances and either continue to offer lone scouts to all or restrict the program back to those youth with unique circumstances for areas of Alaska.
Certain circumstances make traditional Scouting an imperfect fit for certain youth.
Lone Scouts, as the name implies, do much of their Scouting alone. They’re guided by a carefully selected and trusted mentor, usually a parent.
Regular Scout-to-Scout and Scout-to-leader interaction have advantages, so Lone Scouting isn’t right for youth who are able to attend meetings with traditional Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout troops. These units have the best potential to offer a quality Scouting program. Still, there are many circumstances that are perfect for Lone Scouts, such as:
- A home-schooled Scout, whose parents don’t want them in an outside youth group
- Youth who are unable to attend unit meetings because of life-threatening communicable diseases
- A Scout who has a disability prevents meeting attendance
- A Scout who lives in a rural or remote community far from any unit
- A Scout whose family travels frequently or lives on a boat, etc.
- A Scout whose living arrangements with separated parents frequently takes them from one community to another
- A Scout who lives in an environment where getting to and from meetings may put them or their family in danger
Lone Scouts may have an experience that differs from those of traditional Scouts, but they’re still part of the Scouting movement. They still enjoy those experiences only Scouts — Lone or otherwise — can have.
“With the entire Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting programs open to them, they may, under the watchful eye of a Lone Scout friend and counselor, strive for the Eagle Scout rank, just as any other youth.
How to Join in Five Steps
If lone Scouts is right for you, follow the steps below to get registered, and participating in Scouting.
Step One: Fill out the Youth Application
Step Two: Have an Adult Fill out an Adult Application
- Digital Adult Applications and Additional Background Authorization Form
- Youth Protection Training (for Lone Scout Guide taken at my.scouting.org)
Step Three: Payment
- Registration period runs July 1st – June 30th
- Scouting costs $132 a year per youth ($11 per month) and $45 a year per adult ($3.75 a month)
- Scout Life Magazine is $12 per year ($1 per month)
- The Council Office Accepts checks and all major bank cards.
Step Four: Submit the Paperwork and Payments
- Submit all paperwork and payment to the Great Alaska Council
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call us at 907-337-9547
- Mail it to us at 3117 Patterson Street, Anchorage AK 99504
- Download the guide to Lone Scouting
- Want a hard copy call us or stop by the Scout Store
- We can ship for a small fee
- 3117 Patterson Street, Anchorage AK 99504
- We can ship for a small fee