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Creating a New Scout Unit

Not every community, church, school, or organization has a Scouting pack, troop, or crew associated with it. Sometimes, starting a new group is the best way to bring Scouting to your community. With a willing group of volunteers and interested youth, it's easy to get Scouting started near you.

 

How Scouting Units are Organized


Every Scouting unit requires adult leaders, youth, and a chartering organization. First the chartering organization agrees to adopt the Scouting program. Then you must recruit and train the leaders. Once you have trained leaders ready to start, recruit the youth. From there you can plan your program year, complete the paperwork, and hold your first meeting.

 

What is a Chartering Organization?


A chartering organization, such as a church, school, concerned citizen's group, agrees to work with the specific pack, troop, or crew. They'll provide meeting space, help find and approve adult leaders, and appoint an individual as the Chartered Organization Representative. This representative works as a liaison between the organization and the Scout group.

Any organization can be a chartering organization and there are no special qualifications. The chartering organization falls under the insurance of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

How Many Youth are Needed?


A minimum of 5 youth is required to start a new unit. the most successful units start with at least 10 youth.

 

What Leaders are Needed?


There are different leader requirements for different types of Scouting units. All units must have a Chartered Organization Representative. If a single organization sponsors more than one unit (like a Pack and a Troop), that representative must be the same person for both units.

 

For a Pack you need:

  • Cubmaster (plan and lead the monthly pack meeting, keeping the kids and families engaged and excited)
  • Committee Chair (lead behind the scenes administrative tasks and support efforts to run the pack)
  • Chartered Organization Representative (act as a liaison between the pack and chartering organization)
  • Two Committee Members (work with the committee chair to run the pack in roles like treasurer or secretary)
  • Den Leader (plan and lead the den meetings for one age group, helping the boys earn advancements)

Not required but recommended: Assistant Cubmaster(s), Assistant Den Leader(s), additional committee members

 

For a Troop you need:

  • Scoutmaster (support and guide the youth leadership as they plan and lead the troop meetings)
  • Committee Chair (lead behind the scenes administrative tasks and support efforts to run the troop)
  • Chartered Organization Representative (act as a liaison between the troop and chartering organization)
  • Two Committee Members (work with the committee chair to run the troop in roles like treasurer or secretary)

Not required but recommended: Assistant Scoutmaster(s), additional committee members

 

For a Crew you need:

  • Advisor (support and guide the youth leadership as they plan and lead the crew meetings)
  • Committee Chair (lead behind the scenes administrative tasks and support efforts to run the crew)
  • Chartered Organization Representative (act as a liaison between the crew and chartering organization)
  • Two Committee Members (work with the committee chair to run the crew in roles like treasurer or secretary)

Not required but recommended: Assistant Scoutmaster(s), additional committee members

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