#ScoutMeIn (Youth 11-17 years old)

Rainbow Council is your first step in becoming a scout in Will, Grundy, and Kankakee county. Scouting is for every youth. There is only one rank goal that Scouts aspire to: The rank of Eagle Scout. Rainbow Council has several camping opportunities for Cub Scouts in Will, Grundy, and Kankakee County in Illinois, so check our calendar for future camping dates. 

There are ranks for Scouts, but unlike Cub Scouts, the ranks are achieved at their own pace.
Tenderfoot → Second Class → First Class → Star → Life → Eagle Scout

The difference is that advancement is in the capable hands of the Scout. The scout can advance as quickly or evenly as they so wish. The only requirement is that they finish advancement by the age of 18, because after you reach 18, you are no longer considered a youth member of the BSA.

Beginning Steps to Eagle

There are over 135 merit badges and 150 awards you can earn as a member of Scouts BSA.

Pack locations are based on wherever they can be hosted based on the consensus of volunteers who lead the pack. While there might be a pack close to you, you don’t have to commit to joining your closest pack. If you need help find the right pack for your family and your Cub Scout, please reach out to Rainbow Council so we can find a good fit for your family! Alternatively, if you, and a couple of volunteers are willing to commit to a new role and start a new pack at a location convenient for your group, let us know and our District Executives can get you started!

Starting an Adventure

We believe that Scouting BSA builds character. Rainbow Council helps develop strong individuals who in turn, will eventually become strong pillars of the community. Scouts BSA starts where everything else started, with nature. Having a great respect and understanding of nature and environmental preservation is how it all got started. By participating in conservation efforts, we learn what it takes to be respectful of our environment, and how to engineer solutions to common problems. 

Do a Good Turn Daily

With nature and preservation, comes community. It takes a village to achieve greatness. We believe in Scouts doing their part in growing and healing the community they grow up in. Coming together with other members of their unit, they can achieve great things. Every small act of kindness becomes a great help. Every year, Scouts at Rainbow Council pull together thousands of community service hours. Service hours includes Scouting for Food and other programs coordinated with and without council. 

Anyone can be a Leader

We have all kinds of troops in Rainbow Council and each has their set of achievements. We are proud of all our youth. Scouts BSA emphasis being youth led. Troops are single gender, and are ran by the collective individuals of the unit. Each person in a unit is responsible for their own personal success, and the success of the unit. Take the time to review what kinds of training we have at Rainbow Council available and what programs best suit the interest of your unit.

Personal Growth Achieved with the BSA Mission

Personal growth and success is achieved when a scout fulfills the BSA Mission Statement. We are reminded of the aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness. We know we are on the right track when scouts start accepting responsibility, demonstrating self-reliance, and caring for themselves and others; when they learn to weave Scouting ideals into their lives; and when we can see they will be positive contributors to our communities.