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How do adults get involved?
Parental involvement is highly encouraged but Scout patrol and Troop meetings are intended to be youth led. If a parent or guardian would like to be present during a Troop meeting, they should consult with the Scoutmaster for them to register for a position on the Troop committee or as an Assistant Scoutmaster. There are many ways for a parent or guardian to be involved.
All Troops are chartered to a local organization. The chartered organization serves as a sponsor of Scouting and is essentially the owner/operator of the Scouting unit. In this role, the head of the organization approves all adult volunteer leaders. All leaders are required to take the child safety course called Youth Protection, Hazardous Weather Training, and specific training for their role in Scouting is available either online or in a classroom setting. To help the organization maintain a quality program, there is a person assigned to be a liaison between the unit and the chartered organization. In addition, every unit has a committee (typically made up of Scouting parents) that oversees proper operation and ensures a safe and fun program.
What supplies and equipment does a Scout need?
The single most important piece of equipment a Scout needs is the Scout Handbook. A local Scout shop is the best place to buy a handbook, and the staff there can guide you to get exactly what you need. The uniform is also very important as it plays an essential role in creating a sense of belonging and is where a Scout gets to display their awards and rank achievements. Check out the interactive uniform builder. Uniforms can be ordered online or in person at the local Scout shop. Additional supplies and equipment may be needed for certain activities such as camping trips or field days. What equipment is needed, as well as whether it will be provided by the Troop, will vary. Unit leaders will provide information about any required supplies at the beginning of each program year.
How much does it cost to be a Scout?
The Scoutmaster can explain all the details about the annual fee and exactly what it includes.
Scout and volunteer safety programs
Scout programs are designed to follow a strict set of rules and policies, the Code of Conduct that can be found in the Guide to Safe Scouting. Every registered adult in Scouting is required to complete Youth Protection and Hazardous Weather Training.