The Madison Scouts, founded in 1938 and celebrating 68 years of continuous operation in 2005, is one of the oldest and most successful drum corps in the history of the activity. In the 1930s and 1940s, the corps was essentially a parade unit, but had a field show. Throughout the years, the Madison Scouts have combined an exciting educational and developmental approach designed to give each member the opportunity to achieve personal and performance excellence while sharing in a unique fraternal experience. The Corps has also established an admirable tradition of consistently presenting innovative, challenging, and exciting programs designed to communicate with and entertain each and every person who views the Madison Scouts. They have been Drum Corps International Championship Finalists for 31 years since 1973 and have been the Drum Corps International Champions in 1975 and 1988.
The 2004 schedule included over 60 shows, concerts, clinics, and parades. The Corps traveled over 15,000 miles while appearing in nearly 20 states and provinces and participated in the 2004 DCI Tour of Champions. 2005 had a female on the field for only the second time in its history. The 2011 staff includes the acquisitions of James Ancona and the continuation of Thom Hannum, which helps provide arguably the strongest staff team in its history. The Madison Scouts have twice toured Europe and performed in France, Germany, Holland, and England.