Scouting for the Homeschooled
Scout OathOn my honor,
I will do my best
to do my duty,
to God and my Country,
to obey the scout law,
help other people at
to keep myself
and morally straight.
Scout LawA Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Links within this site:
Scouting for the Homeschooled: 2001 Conference materials
Other Links of Interest: History of Lone Scouts
Updated Jan 12, 2003
What are Lone Scouts?
Although the Lone Scout member might miss the opportunity to participate in activities in the pack or troop, the program makes it possible for such boys to become members of the Boy Scouts of America and to know the fun, values, and achievement of Scouting.
A bit of history....
William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher who helped organize the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, was responsible for organizing the Lone Scouts of America in 1915. The Lone Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America merged in 1924. Since then the Boy Scouts of America has administered a Lone Scout plan as part of its mission of bringing Scouting to all American youth who wish to take part, regardless of circumstances.
Who May Register as a Lone Scout
All boys registering as Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Boy Scouts must do so through a BSA local area council, with one exception: Sons of American citizens who live outside the United States should contact the International Division of the Boy Scouts of America.
Boys who have completed the first grade or who are 8, 9, or 10 years old may join as Lone Cub Scouts. Boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade or who are 11 years old may join as Lone Boy Scouts and remain active until age 18.
The counselor encourages, instructs, examines, and reviews the boy on all steps toward Scouting advancement. This person also helps the Lone Scout take part in local council activities. For more information on the role of the Lone Scout friend and counselor, consult the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook, No. 07-420B.
Lone Scout Activities
The Lone Scout follows the same basic program as other Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, but he carries out the program through independent action and self-reliance, special skills suitable to his situation, and communication (by letter, radio, computer, fax, etc.) with other Scouts.
There are currently many Merit Badge Counselors on the Homeschooled Scouts email list who are willing to work with homeschooled scouts. See information below to subscribe.
Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Boy Scouts may advance in rank in the same manner as do Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in packs and troops. The only difference is that reference to packs, dens, troops, and patrols do not apply.
Insignia and Uniforms
Lone Scouts also have their own neckerchief, No. 00703A.
Hundreds of thousands of boys have belonged to the Boy Scouts of America as Lone Scouts. A significant number of people have experienced the fun, the satisfaction, and the values of the Scouting program through the Lone Scout plan.
Many of the Lone Scout alumni are currently registered with local councils and give unselfishly of their time and efforts. Many are Friends of Scouting, contributing funds toward the well-being of the local council. Others have joined the Lone Scout Foundation to maintain the fellowship of Lone Scouting. The Lone Scout Foundation is publisher of Memory Lodge Journal, 57 Confederate Way, Stafford, VA 22554-5175.
This information is from a fact sheet from National. For more information on Lone Scouts, visit www.scouting.org and your local area council.
If you have information or web sites that you would like posted for other Lone Scouts, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in conversing with other homeschooling families, who also participate in BSA, join the Homeschooled Scouts email list. You may join by sending an email to
This site, and the information contained within it, is put together based on the experience I had at Philmont. This is not an official BSA site; I have put this together for informational purposes only.