The 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 we can always use more help. The Committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the Committee.
The Boy Scouts require that a unit have a Committee Chairperson and at least two other Committee members.
- 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 Chair
- The Unit Committee Chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The Unit Committee Chair appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.
- Troop Secretary
- The unit secretary is appointed by the Committee Chair to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity.
- Troop Treasurer
- The Unit Treasurer is appointed by the Committee Chair to handle troop funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting campaign, and supervise fundraising.
- Troop Advancement Coordinator
- The Unit Advancement Coordinator is appointed by the Committee Chair 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 Chair to work with the quartermaster and is responsible inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment.
- Troop Outdoor/Activities Coordinator
- The Unit Outdoor/Activities Coordinator is appointed by the Committee Chair to secure tour permits and permission to use camping site, serve as transportation coordinator, ensure a monthly outdoor program.
- Troop Membership Coordinator
- The Unit Membership Coordinator is appointed by the Unit Committee Chair to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents.
- Troop Training Coordinator
- The Unit Training Coordinator is appointed by the Committee Chair to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Youth Protection training.
- Troop Chaplain
- The Unit Chaplain is appointed by the Committee Chair to provide spiritual tone, guide the chaplain aide, give spiritual counseling, and promote the regular religious participation of each member.
- Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster(s)
- 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.
- An Assistant Scoutmaster is one of the adult leaders age 18 or over who assist the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program.
- 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.
|— Adult Application, No. 524-501A |
|— BSA Youth Protection training policy|
- 36 BSA Monthly Troop Programs with Troop Meeting Plans (free & online), Printed: Vol I - Vol II - Vol III - Resources
- Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) - Troop Meeting Planner - Campfire Planner - Resource Survey - Troop Committee Challenge
- Senior Patrol Leaders Handbook - Patrol Leaders Handbook - Scoutmaster Handbook - BSA Nameplates
- Applications: New Unit - Adult Application
- Fundraising, Popcorn, and the importance of Individual Youth Accounts
- Advancement - Advancement Report - First Class-First Year - Advancement Campout - Merit Badge Day - Individual Record
Online or classroom Leader Training
Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.
- Fast Start Training – online training you can take right now.
- Leader Specific Training – provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs.
BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.
- Other: This Is Scouting (formerly New Leader Essentials) – Roundtable – University of Scouting – Trainer’s EDGE (formerly Trainer Development Conference)
Outdoor Leader Training
In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.
- Cub Scout Pack: BALOO – To have a Pack camp-out, at least one unit leader must be BALOO trained.
- Webelos Den Leaders: Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL) – To have a Webelos Den camp-out.
- Scoutmaster & Assistants and Varsity Scout Coach & Assistants: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – To have a camp-out.
- Wood Badge – Advanced Leadership skills for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, district and council Scouters.
- Seabadge Underway – Advanced Leadership skills for unit, district and council Sea Scouters.
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…|