We’re excited to have you as a part of the Scouting family! 

What is the BSA?

For more than a century, Scouting has stood for character and leadership – attributes that are forged through experiences in service, adventure and skill-building. Scouting teaches real-life skills. Helping young people become future leaders.

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right-now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) makes it possible. Visit Scouting.org to learn more.

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About the W. D. Boyce Council

W. D. Boyce Council, BSA, provides Scouting activities for girls and boys in 14 counties of Central Illinois. We offer an unparalleled program that teaches leadership and citizenship through fun and exciting adventures for the whole family.

Contributing to our council create opportunities for the Scouts of today AND tomorrow to gain memorable experiences, instilling them with values, principles, and skills that will help them develop into the future leaders of our nation.

Help Scouts “Be Prepared. For Life.”

It’s our promise to families. It resides with every Scout who ever overcame one of life’s challenges. “Being prepared” is at the core of Scouting and inspires a lifetime of character, leadership and service. You can help Scouts achieve that!

Scout Shops

The Scout Shop is your official source for Scout uniforms, outdoor gear, uniforms, badges, craft items, and more.  Have a question related to program materials, official BSA gear, or uniforms? There’s a good chance you can find the answer out at the Scout Shop. And they even provide in-store sewing services for your patches and uniform insignia!

Our council is fortunate to have two Scout Shops, one at the Peoria Scout Service Center and one at the Bloomington Scout Service Center.


Youth Protection

The safety and protection of children is the most important priority of the Boy Scouts of America.

True youth protection can be achieved only through the focused commitment of everyone in Scouting. It is the mission of Youth Protection volunteers and professionals to work within the Boy Scouts of America to maintain a culture of Youth Protection awareness and safety at the national, regional, area, council, district, and unit levels.

Guide to Safe Scouting

All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines. The Guide to Safe Scouting is an overview of Scouting policies and procedures gleaned from a variety of sources. For some items, the policy statements are complete. Unit leaders are expected to review the additional reference material cited prior to conducting such activities.

Stay Informed

… And Communicate With Us!

Need to reach out to us? You can find our phone numbers, a contact form, links to our staff directory and more right here: https://wdboyce.org/contact-us/

Also, we frequently use email to communicate with leaders and parents alike. To help make sure you don’t miss important information, be sure to “whitelist” both the “@scouting.org” and “@wdboyce.org” domains. Not sure how to do that? Here are instructions on how to make sure Scouting emails don’t go to your “spam” folder!

Scout Life Magazine

Scout Life is one of the top youth magazines in the country, and its website is packed with fun and resources for youth, leaders and parents.

Scout Life is only $15 a year for Scouts when subscribing through your pack or troop, an amazing value with great benefits.

Subscribe to Scout Life (Regular retail price)

Council News

Sign up to stay in touch with the W. D. Boyce Council. You’ll receive Lamplighter, the council newsletter, as well as relevant emails sent to all Scouting families from time to time.

If you’ll give us just a little info, we promise not to overdo it!

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Scouting Magazine

The digital magazine Scouting is provided free to all registered adult leaders, parents and any other interested adults. It contains articles not only about Scouting but also about youth development and parenting.

Download on the App Store or Google Play.

Scouting magazine’s website is chock full of information and resources for leaders and parents.

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More About the W. D. Boyce Council

You’ll find much more information under the Resources menu at the top of the page. Meanwhile, here are some key topics you might be curious about: