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Lone Scout emblem worn on left sleeve, position 2 (in place of unit number).(SKU: 621122)
Lone Scout emblem worn on left sleeve, position 2 (in place of unit number).
(SKU: 621122)
Lone Scout neckerchief(SKU: 611209)
Lone Scout neckerchief
(SKU: 611209)
Lone Scouts is limited to Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. Varsity Scouting,[Note 1] Venturing and Sea Scouts do not offer equivalent experiences.
Guide To Advancement § Lone Scouting.


Lone Scouting

From Guide to Advancement, § Lone Scouting:

Boys who do not have access to traditional Scouting units can become Lone Cub Scouts and Lone Boy Scouts. In the following or similar circumstances, they may find this an appropriate option:

  1. Home-schooled where parents do not want them in a youth group
  2. U.S. citizens living abroad
  3. Exchange students away from the United States
  4. Disability or communicable illness that prevents meeting attendance
  5. Rural communities far from a unit
  6. Conflicts with a job, night school, or boarding school
  7. Families who frequently travel or live on a boat, etc.
  8. Living arrangements with parents in different communities
  9. Environments where getting to meetings may put the Scout in danger

Each Lone Cub Scout or Lone Boy Scout must work with a Lone Scout friend and counselor—preferably his parent, but the counselor might also be a religious leader, teacher, neighbor, or Scouting volunteer. Regardless, even if a parent, he or she must complete Youth Protection training, be at least 21 years of age, registered with the Boy Scouts of America, and meet its adult membership requirements. More details can be found in the Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook, No. 511-420 Adobe Acrobat PDF, an essential tool in carrying out this program.

Lone Scout Topics Covered in Guide to Advancement:

Section Lone Scouting Lone Scout Advancement Procedures Lone Scouts and Merit Badges Eagle Scout Applications for Lone Scouts


  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

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