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Boy Scout Troop 246
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
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If I don’t know much about camping and the outdoors, how could I be a good Scout leader?

    Being a good Scout leader requires more than knowing how to camp. However, the Scouting program does provide outdoor training classes for leaders with beginning, intermediate, and advanced outdoor skills.

My family is very busy; how would I have time to be an effective leader?

    You will not have to carry the responsibilities alone. Other leaders and parents in your unit will lend a hand by using their skills to teach the youth or assist with special projects, enabling you to be an effective leader and parent.

Can women be Boy Scout leaders?

    Yes. Every leadership position is open to women. In fact, more than one-third of Scout volunteers are women.

Is training available?

    There are a variety of training opportunities available, specific to the leadership position you hold. For example, as a new unit leader, training is available immediately to enable you to run your first meeting successfully. More in-depth training is provided throughout the year, and monthly roundtable meetings enable you and other leaders to share ideas on how to organize fun and exciting activities for youth.

How do I know what activities are age-appropriate for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers?

    Scout handbooks list a variety of advancement activities appropriate for the age of the youth in each program. You can also find other books at your local Scout shop with ideas to make your meetings and events more interesting.

How do I know what to do with the Scouts?

    Cub Scout Program Helps, available through your local Scout shop, provides a theme for each month and ideas for games, skits, crafts, experiments, and activities. For Boy Scouts and Venturers, the leaders/Advisors guide and the handbooks provide activities and ideas. There are also other resources available through the local Scout shop.

How can I become an adult volunteer?

    Express your interest to the unit leaders—the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, crew Advisor, chartered organization representative, or members of the unit committee. While there's no guarantee that a specific role or position will be available—and there may be a selection process among several candidates even if the position is currently vacant—there is usually some way in which you can contribute, and most units are glad for any offer of help.

What BSA Youth Protection guidelines and leadership practices should a merit badge counselor be aware of whenever meeting with a Scout?

    Be sure to follow the buddy system. Whenever a merit badge counselor meets with a Scout, there must always be a third person present. This third person may be any other adult familiar to the Scout such as his parent or guardian, or the Scout's "buddy," such as a friend, sibling, or other relative.
All adult volunteers are expected to complete BSA Youth Protection training within 90 days of assuming a leadership position. This training can be done through MyScouting . BSA Youth Protection training helps preserve a safe environment for young people and adult leaders so that they can all enjoy the Scouting program.