Scouting teaches youth to confront any challenge with whole hearts and clear minds— to live their lives without regret, never back down, and do their very best! 



No organization delivers adventure and values like Scouting. Here in the Heart of America Council, we build character and our Scouts are prepared to become successful, responsible adults.

When you give to Scouting, you help create a safe place where every kid belongs, grows and achieves. And more than just outdoor adventure, our Scouts are sharing why “Scouting is for me!

The Cost of Scouting

$9,668 per day to maintain and operate the H. Roe Bartle and Theodore Naish Scout Reservations

$437,000 in annual financial assistance to support Scouting families

$150,000 in Camp Staff College Scholarships each summer

$178,000 in accident and liability insurance per year

Kansas City Scouting

By the Numbers

Scouting Works

For three years, a research team from Tufts University worked with the BSA to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts. The differences were striking.

Scouts are significantly more likely than non-Scouts to embrace values like “helping others” and “doing the right thing”

The Results


The more time kids spend in Scouting, the better the outcomes in character development.


Scouts are more likely to embrace positive social values than non-Scouts.


Scouts who are engaged and spend more time in the program were more hopeful, helpful, obedient, cheerful, kind and trustworthy.

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