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What Is a "ScoutParent"?


What is a "ScoutParent"?

A ScoutParent is a parent or adult mentor of a Scout who enthusiastically participates with their Scout and also helps other volunteers to provide the best quality program experience to all youth in every unit. 


A ScoutParent...

Leads their family in obtaining the values, benefits, experiences and rewards from their family’s Scouting participation, and in sharing these with others...

Enjoys participating with his or her Scout and inspires their child to persevere in Scouting with their tenure, activity participation and achievement. 
Helps enhance youth and parent-mentor recruitment, retention, enthusiasm, commitment and participation in the passionate GREAT Family FUN of Scouting.

Parent...   Partner...

As a parent, you are the primary role model for your child.  Scouting provides a time-tested structure that helps bond parent/child development through group and individual activities, recognition, and advancement.  Your child needs your encouragement, guidance and participation along his Scouting path.

When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: it follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it’s always there for you.

Scouting is also flexible and accommodates the need to balance the work and life requirements of a busy family. It’s easy to plan for meetings and activities, and if something unexpected comes up, just let your leader know — it’s expected in the life we live today.

What’s also great about Scouting is that you and your child can work on achievements at your own pace. For example, if your child is in a spring soccer league and has to miss several meetings and activities, he still can complete and sign off on Scout activities to work toward the next level, working with you at home, as it fits the schedule.

Plus, the skills and values your child learns through Scouting can be applied in any non-Scouting activity he participates in.  You work together to bring the positive influence that Scouting reinforces into everything he does.  As your child builds character, this can be an especially valuable defense to the peer pressure all youth experience when growing up.

It’s important to remember that Scouting is not an either/or choice you have to make for your child.  It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities, and, like a family, will always be there when you return.

In Tiger Cubs, the first phase or level of advancement in Cub Scouting, a parent joins with the boy as a registered member of the Pack... and as a "Parent Partner".  In that first year, as a first-grader, seven year-old, and/or Tiger Cub, the boy and his Parent Partner work through activities together.  As the boy ages, grows, matures, and moves up through Wolf, Bear, and Webelos the parent most often distances themselves (slowly at first) from the full-time hands-on Partner position and becomes more involved in other ways to contribute to the general welfare and success of the entire Pack.  At any rate, Scouting, particularly in Pack 167, is a family-oriented program.


The safety and protection of your child while involved in any Scouting activity is the unit leader’s number one priority.  For this reason, the BSA-National office and the Erie Shores Council work closely with our the chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.  The leadership in Pack 167 has been very carefully selected, had thorough background checks done, and has undergone youth protection training by both the Boy Scouts and the Diocese.

The BSA also has created extensive safety and youth protection policies and procedures in two publications: The Guide to Safe Scouting, which establishes age-appropriate guidelines for all Scouting activities, and How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide, an educational exercise and requirement for all Scouts and parents included in the youth handbooks (as an insert at the front of the book).

The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of their adult leadership and in our applicant review process. The adult application requests background information that is checked by the unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit leadership.  While screening techniques cannot identify every potential ‘red flag,’ we can reduce the risk of accepting an undesirable candidate by learning all we can about the applicant for a leadership position—his or her experience with children, why he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she might use.


Volunteers...   What pulls it all together...

New volunteer leaders in Scouting can take their initial Fast Start training at the BSA’s Online Learning Center (OLC) at Fast Start training is required before volunteers can participate in youth activities.

The OLC brings together essential volunteer learning in a single package and allows volunteers to take courses at their convenience at home, and to download and print a certificate of completion. It also keeps a personal training history for each volunteer, showing courses completed, started and any unfinished courses.

How Parents Can Help in Scouting

There are many volunteer positions in Scouting that parents can help fill, working directly with Scouts or in support roles to the unit.  Here’s a partial list:

Den Leader / Assistant
Pack Trainer
Secretary / Assistant
Treasurer / Assistant
Activities Leader
Assistant Leader
Advancement Coordinator
Awards Coordinator
Service Project Coordinator
Camping Participant
Car Pool Coordinator
Communications and Public Relations
District Committee Member
Outings and Events Planner
Refreshment Provider
Religious Awards Coordinator
Skills & Resources Coordinator
Supplies Coordinator
Youth Protection Coordinator
Fund Raising Coordinator