Associate Crew Advisor

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Associate Advisors

A Venturing Crew Associate Advisor is an adult backup leader for the Crew Advisor, and can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years of age.

Typical Venturing crew organization chart (click to zoom)



Every adult leader is expected to be a model of leadership model to the crew and seek opportunities to develop leadership among the officers and members of the crew. Venturing crews have two or more associate advisors:

Associate Advisor for Administration

The primary role of the associate Advisor for administration is to work in partnership with the youth Vice President - Administration. Together they coordinate the recruitment of new members, sustain the interest of the current members, and provide recognition for the individual achievements of crew members.

  • Provides backup leadership for the Advisor and assumes responsibility for the crew in the Advisor's absence.
  • Supports the youth administrative vice president and assists this person specifically with the crew's recruitment and recognition efforts.
  • Knows the Advisor's responsibilities and supports the responsibilities in whatever way possible.
  • Helps encourage Venturer advancement; maintains advancement records, including the crew advancement chart; and reviews advancement progress at each meeting. Also, serves as an advocate for advancement programming.

Associate Advisor for Program

The primary role of the associate Advisor for program is to work in partnership with the youth Vice President - Program. They discover and survey the interests of the members on an ongoing basis, plan and schedule the activities for the crew, and evaluate completed activities. He or she works closely with each Activity Chair to ensure the youth member experiences success leading the activity.

  • Supports the youth program vice president to help determine the interests of the members, plan the year's program, and ensure that the crew calendar is maintained.
  • Supports and coaches the activity chairs to help them plan and carry out their particular activity.
  • Helps the program vice president and other officers to evaluate completed activities and to continually fine-tune the year's program of activities, based on insights gained from the evaluations.

Other Associate Advisors

Larger crews or crews with a unique program may have a number of adults serving as associate Advisors. Depending on the crew organization, their responsibilities may include providing equipment and transportation, making parental contact, planning special activities and several projects, or helping with a superactivity. A crew may recruit as many associate Advisors as it deems necessary to carry out program plans.


Qualification. Adults citizens, or adult non-citizens who reside within the country, may register with the Boy Scouts of America in any capacity if they agree to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle. All leaders must be 21 years of age or older, except assistant Scoutmasters, assistant den leaders, assistant Cubmasters, assistant Webelos den leaders, and assistant Varsity Scout coaches, who must be 18 or older.
Adult Application, No. 524-501A Portable Document Format PDF (420 KB) (Previous editions obsolete.)


Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position. New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
BSA Youth Protection training policy


The Associate Crew Advisor is an assistant to the top youth-facing adult leader in the unit. Other assistant unit leaders are:

See also


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