Find A Unit
Welcome to Scouting in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America. Your adventure is only a few short clicks away. When youth join Scouting they join a local Pack (boys 7 to 10 years old or in 1st-5th grades), Troop (boys 11 to 17 years old), or Crew (co-ed ages 14-20). To find a unit near you simply follow the ‘Be A Scout’ link below or contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council at 717-394-4063. When calling the Pennsylvania Dutch Council you will be asked what school district your child attends and where you live.Or go to the District Page to see what District your school is in. These pieces of information help to identify what unit will be the best fit for your family.
How do I know which unit to choose?
Many families choose a unit that is close to home or a unit that your Scout has a friend in. A Scout can choose any unit and are not limited to only the closest unit. Scouts are most successful where the Scout and the Scout’s family feel comfortable. Some families like big packs while others like small ones. We have many great units to meet your needs so feel free to visit a few units before making the decision about which unit is best. Although each unit is a little different all of our units are committed to providing the best Scouting experience possible for your Scout and your family.
To find a local unit go to www.BeAScout.org. The homepage looks like the page you see below with tabs for the appropriate age group that your Scout will qualify for. Please select the appropriate tab and you will be asked to enter your zip code.
Once you have entered your zip code you will see a similar screen to the one below that has a list of local units and how close those units are to you. The pins in the map detail meeting location and a local contact. If a local contact is not available online you will be prompted to contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, where you will be directed to the unit leader.
There are many wonderful units in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council and we are committed to helping you find the right one. If you would like to be contacted about a unit in your area you may submit a request through the BeAScout Website. You will be prompted to tell us what unit you are interested in and some basic information about you and your Scout. These requests are monitored regularly and someone will follow up with you soon to help you find a good fit.
If you have any problems finding a unit in your area please contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council at 717-394-4063.