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Online Membership Registration

The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) new online member registration system offers prospective members and adult leaders an easy and convenient way to join Scouting!  From completing the application and making payment, to authorizing background checks, the process is accessible from any PC, laptop, or mobile device.

Parents with youth interested in Scouting can visit www.BeAScout.orgExternal Link to begin or search online for Boy Scouts of America and land on either the National BSA site or the local Council site www.AlamoAreaBSA.orgExternal Link then click on "JOIN SCOUTING".  Detailed information on Scouting programs follow, with the ability to enter a zip code to find available units on a map to join. 

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dear Scouting family,

The Alamo Area Council has become a BETA Council for a new process of assisting families in joining our great program.  Beginning August 1, 2016, we will offer online membership registration to new youth and adults wanting to join a unit with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council (BSA).

Can you help us?  To find success with this software on the final stages of development, we need your input, patience, and support.

The Alamo Area Council wants to make sure all unit leaders (Scoutmaster, Cubmasters, Crew Advisors, etc), council employees, charter organization reps (CORs), and all who will be involved with the new BSA online membership application process have completed the following FOUR items by Friday, July 22, 2016:

For updates and resources on this BETA Test with the Alamo Area Council, please visit

For the most up to date resources and training on the Online Registration platform, visit the National BSA site Link.

To Contact the Alamo Area Council Online Membership Registration Team, email


11 QUICK Online Registration FAQs


  1. Who is able to register online with the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council?

    First time youth and adult members who have never been a part of the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council are able to register online.

  2. Does the paper membership application process go away?                                           

    No.  Paper applications are still available.

  3. What if I don’t know if my Key 3 are registered properly?

    Please contact the Council Office and request an updated roster.

  4. Will this online process be available for recharters and membership renewals in the near future?

    It is the intent of this BETA test if found successful, to offer this platform for recharters and other purposes to simplify the application process.  Until then, processing of recharters, merit badge counselors, etc., will stay the same.

  5. Can I use my mobile device with Online Registration?


  6. What payment methods are accepted to renew an individual’s membership online?

    Credit and debit cards are accepted.  Check, ACH, Cash, and Financial Aid require use of paper registration forms.

  7. What are the benefits of online membership registration for new parents and Scouting youth?

    It’s green. It’s fast, easy and convenient. It provides accurate spelling and contact information.  No signatures are required.

  8. What are the benefits of online membership registration for unit leaders?

    No collecting forms. No depositing money at the bank. No completing registration paperwork.  No waiting to know who’s registered.  No running around for signatures.

  9. Is a parent/guardian signature required for online membership registration?

    No. The parent/guardian’s online payment of a Boy Scout membership replaces the need for a signature.

  10. What happens if a youth wants to transfer their new unit membership registration to another Unit?

    Transfers are made offline by Council staff.

  11.  Is online membership registration available in Spanish?

No.  Paper forms must be used to register in Spanish.

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