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Resources for Adult Leaders are provided for each program area:
Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Team, Venturing Crew, Sea Scout Ship.

An Adult Leader, or Scouter, is anyone registered as an Adult in the Boy Scouts of America. The term "Volunteer" sometimes can mean Adult Leader, depending upon context but can also refer to non-registered adults who help a unit (such as unregistered parents).

Different divisions of the Boy Scouts of America use a variety of terms that all mean a registered Adult Leader including: Adult Member, Adult Scouter, Volunteer Leader, Adult Volunteer, and leader. A Professional Scouter is a paid employee of the BSA such as a District Executive or council Scout Executive.



Adults citizens, or adult non-citizens who reside within the country, may register with the Boy Scouts of America in any capacity if they agree to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle. All leaders must be 21 years of age or older, except assistant Scoutmasters, assistant den leaders, assistant Cubmasters, assistant Webelos den leaders, and assistant Varsity Scout coaches, who must be 18 or older.

Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position. New leaders are required to take online Youth Protection training before they submit an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.

The applicant must possess the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. The applicant must also be the correct age, and subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle, and abide by the Scout Oath or Promise, and the Scout Law.


Only persons willing to subscribe to these precepts from the Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of leadership. The applicant also agrees to follow the Youth Protection guidelines.

Adult leaders are registered with the Boy Scouts of America using the Adult Application. They are then rechartered each year with a unit, council, or national council. As a part of their registration, all adult leaders receive Scouting magazine.

Unit Leaders

Unit leaders are registered in Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, or Venture Crews. They are approved each year by the unit committee chair and chartered organization. Each Tiger Cub Scout must be registered with his Adult Partner.

District and Council Leaders

District and Council Leaders are registered with their local council. Their registration and recharter is approved by the council Scout Executive.


Adult leaders may earn or be awarded a number of different Scouter Awards.

See also

  • Cub Scout Pack for boys in grades 1 - 5.
  • Boy Scout Troop for boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18
  • Varsity Team for boys age 14 but not yet 18
  • Venturing Crew for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age

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