ScoutParent Unit Coordinator
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.
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
What is the ScoutParents Mission?
The ScoutParents mission is to develop and implement methods which encourage and empower Scouting participants to help maximize the number of dedicated Scouting youth and parents and mentors as dedicated Scouting volunteers who participate with their Scouts.
- From the Adult Leader Application
The ScoutParent Unit Coordinator may register in more than one position in the same unit as chartered organization representative (CR), assistant den leader (DA), assistant Webelos den leader (WA), assistant Scoutmaster (SA), assistant Varsity Scout Coach (VA), mate (MT), and ScoutParent Unit Coordinator.
- From the Scouting Magazine May - June 2007
- New BSA initiative focuses on more parent involvement in Scouting
The BSA’s new National ScoutParents Initiative is designed to provide parents with information and tools so they will better understand the importance of becoming more involved with their Scouts.
Pilot programs in the Flint River Council (Griffin, Ga.) and the Daniel Boone Council (Asheville, N.C.) are developing and testing resources that will enable councils, districts, and units to be more successful in engaging parents and adult mentors in the process of providing a quality Scouting program.
All BSA units are encouraged to adopt ScoutParents as an integral part of their program.
One step in implementing the program at the unit level is the appointment of a ScoutParents Unit Coordinator. This person will assign every parent to help with a specific task or project annually; orient parents on how the unit works and the benefits of participation to their family; and keep parents updated on the unit’s program and their child’s involvement.
More details on the ScoutParents program are available at www.scoutparents.org. The Web site contains general information on Scouting and its benefits to youth; resources for unit implementation; and a discussion forum for parents and leaders to ask questions, explore ideas, and share experiences and ideas.
Some resources that will be available for parents to download from the site include:
“Scouting Builds More Than Just Campfires,” a brochure that briefs families, organizations, and potential volunteers on the benefits of Scouting. (A Spanish version is also being developed.) A “Scouting Orientation Guide for Parents” that describes the programs for different age levels and shows the seamless transition from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting to Venturing. A “Welcome to Scouting” PowerPoint presentation that provides parents with an overview of Scouting and its focus on values.
- National ScoutParents Initiative Launch Plan
- National Parent Initiative Launch Plan PowerPoint
- ScoutParents unit coordinator fast start video
- ScoutParent Orientation Video
- Mission Family PowerPoint - Explains the program their child has joined.
- Ways to involve parents in their Pack - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
- Ways to involve parents in their Team/Troop - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
- Ways to involve parents in their Crew/Ship - Excel spreadsheet of tasks explained in common terms.
- Family Fun in Scouting flyer lists items available through supply
- Let's Go Scouting comic book
- Cub Scout volunteering indicator form
- Boy Scout volunteering indicator form
- ScoutParents bumper sticker
- Scouting Orientation Guide pamphlet - 28-page pamphlet provides an overview.
- Scouting Builds more than just campfires brochure
- Scouting the Chartered Organization brochure
- ScoutParents helping Packs flyer sample
- Cub Scout Pack adult participation form
- Boys' Life Magazine - Boys' Life magazine is the flagship youth publication of the Boy Scouts of America.
- Scouting Magazine - for all BSA registered adult volunteers and professionals.