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<center><big>The [[Troop Committee]] ''supports'' the [[troop]] and the [[Patrol Leaders' Council]] but the troop is led by the boys.</big></center><br>
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{{Otheruses|''This is the adult '''Boy Scout {{PAGENAME}}''', a troop's governing board unit committee within a chartered organization.<br/>For the Varsity Scouting unit committee, see [[Team Committee]].<br/>For the Venturing unit committee, see [[Crew Committee]].''|500px}}
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{{Otheruses|''This is the adult '''Boy Scout {{PAGENAME}}''', a troop's governing board unit committee within a chartered organization.<br/>For the Varsity Scouting unit committee, see [[Team Committee]].<br/>For the Venturing unit committee, see [[Crew Committee]].''}}
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The '''Boy Scout Troop Committee''' is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for [[boards of review]]. This is an important responsibility and is one area were help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.
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The '''Boy Scout Troop Committee''' is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for [[boards of review]]. This is an important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.
==Minimum positions for a chartered troop==
==Minimum positions for a chartered troop==
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:The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chairman to inform parents of their responsibilities in Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, [[Scouting Anniversary Week]], [[Scouting Anniversary Week|Scout Sunday or Sabbath]], and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.
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:The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chairman to inform parents of their responsibilities in Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, [[Scouting Anniversary Week]], [[Scout Sunday|Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath]], and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.
;Troop Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair
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:The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chairman to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.
:The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chairman to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.
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:Also called "Popcorn Kernel" in some councils, the unit popcorn chair is appointed by the committee chairman to conduct an annual popcorn campaign and ensures that every youth member sells popcorn.
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:The [[Unit Fundraising Chair]], also called the "Popcorn Kernel" in some [[council]]s, is appointed by the committee chairman to supervise [[Fundraising]] and ensure that every youth member has the opportunity to participate in [[Popcorn]] sales or other council [[Fundraising]] events.
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:The [[Scoutmaster]] is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support.
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:The [[Scoutmaster]] is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support.
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:An [[Assistant Scoutmaster]] is one of the [[adult leader]]s age 18 or over who assist the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program.
:An [[Assistant Scoutmaster]] is one of the [[adult leader]]s age 18 or over who assist the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program.
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The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are NOT formal members of the committee. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are advisers to the committee. They may attend committee meetings to communicate scout plans and to coordinate the needs of the Scouts. This factor is important to remember during Boards of Review because the Boards of Review also serve as quality checks of the Scouting program as delivered by the Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters.
==Responsibilities==
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For a Troop Committee member to be trained, they need to complete:
For a Troop Committee member to be trained, they need to complete:
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Fast Start: Boy Scouting Online Training]
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Fast Start: Boy Scouting Online Training]
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* [[New Leader Essentials]]
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* [[This Is Scouting]] (''was New Leader Essentials'')
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Troop Committee Challenge Online Training]
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Troop Committee Challenge Online Training]
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Youth Protection Online Training]
* [http://www.scouting.org/Applications/MyScoutingFull.aspx Youth Protection Online Training]

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The Troop Committee supports the troop and the Patrol Leaders' Council but the troop is led by the boys.

This is the adult Boy Scout Troop Committee, a troop's governing board unit committee within a chartered organization.
For the Varsity Scouting unit committee, see Team Committee.
For the Venturing unit committee, see Crew Committee.


Troop Committee Member

Contents

Description

The Boy Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.

Minimum positions for a chartered troop

A chartered Boy Scout troop requires a Chartered Organization Representative, a Committee Chairman, at least two committee members, and a Scoutmaster.

Positions

Chartered Organization Representative
The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.
Troop Committee Chairman
The unit committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.
Troop Secretary
The unit secretary is appointed by the committee chairman to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity.
Troop Treasurer
The unit treasurer is appointed by the committee chairman to handle unit funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, and supervise fundraising.
Troop Advancement Chair
The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.
Troop Equipment Coordinator
The unit equipment coordinator is appointed by the committee chairman to work with the youth Quartermaster and is responsible inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment.
Troop Outdoor/Activities Chair
The unit outdoor/activities chair is appointed by the committee chairman to secure tour permits and permission to use camping site, serve as transportation coordinator, ensure a monthly outdoor program.
Troop Membership Chair
The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents.
Troop Training Chair
The unit training chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Youth Protection training.
Troop Public Relations Chair
The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chairman to inform parents of their responsibilities in Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, Scouting Anniversary Week, Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath, and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.
Troop Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair
The unit Friends of Scouting chair is appointed by the committee chairman to work closely with the unit committee on public relations for FOS; conducts annual FOS campaign to enroll family members and adult leaders in FOS; gives recognition to contributors and enrollees.
Troop Scouting for Food Chair
The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chairman to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.
Troop Fundraising Chair
The Unit Fundraising Chair, also called the "Popcorn Kernel" in some councils, is appointed by the committee chairman to supervise Fundraising and ensure that every youth member has the opportunity to participate in Popcorn sales or other council Fundraising events.
ScoutParent Unit Coordinator
The ScoutParents Unit Coordinator is an appointed member of the unit committee or can be an assistant unit leader. Their job is to welcome parents, keep them informed, and encourage them to help with at least one specific task or project each year. Larger units might choose to have more than one ScoutParents unit coordinator. The ScoutParents unit coordinator position became official June 1, 2008 and the position code is "PS." The ScoutParents unit coordinator must be at least 21 years old, complete an adult application, and pay the same registration fee as other adult leaders. Find Fast Start Training for unit coordinators online. Newly printed youth applications also mention the ScoutParents program. A checkbox in the parent section lets parents commit to being active ScoutParents. By entering an e-mail address, they can receive information from council, district, and unit leaders about ways to get involved. ScoutParents.org web site.

Direct youth contact leaders

Troop Chaplain
The unit chaplain is appointed by the committee chairman to provide spiritual tone, guide the chaplain aide, give spiritual counseling, and promote the regular religious participation of each member.
Scoutmaster
The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support.
Assistant Scoutmaster(s)
An Assistant Scoutmaster is one of the adult leaders age 18 or over who assist the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program.

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are NOT formal members of the committee. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are advisers to the committee. They may attend committee meetings to communicate scout plans and to coordinate the needs of the Scouts. This factor is important to remember during Boards of Review because the Boards of Review also serve as quality checks of the Scouting program as delivered by the Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters.

Responsibilities

  • Ensures that quality adult leadership is recruited and trained. In case the Scoutmaster is absent, a qualified Assistant Scoutmaster is assigned. If the Scoutmaster is unable to serve, a replacement is recruited.
  • Provides adequate meeting facilities.
  • Advises the Scoutmaster on policies relating to Boy Scouting and the chartered organization.
  • Supports leaders in carrying out the program.
  • Is responsible for finances, adequate funds, and disbursements in line with the approved budget plan.
  • Obtains, maintains, and properly cares for troop property.
  • Ensures the troop has an outdoor program (minimum 10 days and nights per year).
  • Serves on boards of review and courts of honor.
  • Supports the Scoutmaster in working with individual boys and problems that may affect the overall troop program.
  • Provides for the special needs and assistance some boys may require.
  • Helps with the Friends of Scouting campaign.
  • Assists the Scoutmaster with handling boy behavioral problems.

Training

For a Troop Committee member to be trained, they need to complete:

See also


Qualifications

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.)

Additionally,

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

References

Online or classroom Leader Training

Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.

New Leader Training for new Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Venturing leaders includes:

BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.

Outdoor Leader Training

In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.

Other outdoor-related links


Official Boy Scout Forms & Resources
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform Inspections
Training Materials: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Online Training: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Other Guides: Boy Scout Requirements Insignia Guide Scouting Terminology Leave No Trace
Permit Applications: Permission Slip Local Tour Permit National Tour Permit Unit Money-Earning
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record 34605 other forms…
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