Team Committee

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This is the adult Varsity Scout Team Committee, a team's governing board unit committee within a chartered organization.
For the Boy Scouting unit committee, see Troop Committee.
For the Venturing unit committee, see Crew Committee.

Team Committee Member



The Varsity Scout Team Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the team, setting policy, and helping the Team Coach and Varsity Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review (which is conducted by the youth Advancement Program Manager). The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee.

Minimum positions for a chartered team

A chartered Varsity Scout team requires a Chartered Organization Representative, a Committee Chairman, at least two committee members, and a Team Coach.


Chartered Organization Representative
The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.
Team Committee Chairman
The unit committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.
Team Committee Secretary
The unit secretary is appointed by the committee chairman to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity.
Team Treasurer
The unit treasurer is appointed by the committee chairman to handle unit funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, and supervise fundraising.
Team Advancement Chair
The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.
Team Equipment Coordinator
The unit equipment coordinator is appointed by the committee chairman to work with the youth Quartermaster and is responsible inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment.
Team Outdoor/Activities Chair
The unit outdoor/activities chair is appointed by the committee chairman to secure tour permits and permission to use camping site, serve as transportation coordinator, ensure a monthly outdoor program.
Team Membership Chair
The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Varsity Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents.
Team Training Chair
The unit training chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Youth Protection training.
Team Public Relations Chair
The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chairman to inform parents of their responsibilities in Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, Scouting Anniversary Week, Scout Sunday or Sabbath, and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.
Team Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair
The unit Friends of Scouting chair is appointed by the committee chairman to work closely with the unit committee on public relations for FOS; conducts annual FOS campaign to enroll family members and adult leaders in FOS; gives recognition to contributors and enrollees.
Team Scouting for Food Chair
The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chairman to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.
Team Popcorn Chair
Also called "Popcorn Kernel" in some councils, the unit popcorn chair is appointed by the committee chairman to conduct an annual popcorn campaign and ensures that every youth member sells popcorn.
ScoutParent Unit Coordinator
The ScoutParents Unit Coordinator is an appointed member of the unit committee or can be an assistant unit leader. Their job is to welcome parents, keep them informed, and encourage them to help with at least one specific task or project each year. Larger units might choose to have more than one ScoutParents unit coordinator. The ScoutParents unit coordinator position became official June 1, 2008 and the position code is "PS." The ScoutParents unit coordinator must be at least 21 years old, complete an adult application, and pay the same registration fee as other adult leaders. Find Fast Start Training for unit coordinators online. Newly printed youth applications also mention the ScoutParents program. A checkbox in the parent section lets parents commit to being active ScoutParents. By entering an e-mail address, they can receive information from council, district, and unit leaders about ways to get involved. web site.

Direct youth contact leaders

Team Chaplain
The unit chaplain is appointed by the committee chairman to provide spiritual tone, guide the chaplain aide, give spiritual counseling, and promote the regular religious participation of each member.
Program Advisers
A Program Adviser is an adult team committee member appointed to advise youth Program Managers for team program activities in one field of emphasis. The program adviser mentors the program manager with with being a primary leader and assists in planning for team practice sessions and events in one of the five fields of emphasis:
(Appointed by the Team Committee Chairman)
Team Coach
The Team Coach is the adult responsible for working directly with the Varsity Scouts to help them create the program for the team. The Team Coach trains boy leaders to run the team by providing direction, coaching, and support.
Assistant Team Coach(es)
An Assistant Team Coach is one of the adult leaders age 18 or over who assist the Team Coach in delivering the team program.


  • Ensures that quality adult leadership is recruited and trained. In case the Team Coach is absent, a qualified Assistant Team Coach is assigned. If the Team Coach is unable to serve, a replacement is recruited.
  • Provides adequate meeting facilities.
  • Advises the Team Coach on policies relating to Varsity Scouting and the chartered organization.
  • Supports leaders in carrying out the program.
  • Is responsible for finances, adequate funds, and disbursements in line with the approved budget plan.
  • Obtains, maintains, and properly cares for team property.
  • Ensures the team has an outdoor program (minimum 10 days and nights per year).
  • Serves on boards of review and courts of honor.
  • Supports the Team Coach in working with individual boys and problems that may affect the overall team program.
  • Provides for the special needs and assistance some boys may require.
  • Helps with the Friends of Scouting campaign.
  • Assists the Team Coach with handling boy behavioral problems.

See also

Official Scouts BSA Forms & Resources
Applications & Reports: Youth Application Adult Leader Application Advancement Report Uniform Inspections
Training Materials: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Online Training: Youth Protection Training Safe Swim Defense Safety Afloat New Leader
Other Guides: Scouts BSA Requirements Insignia Guide Advancement Guide Leave No Trace
Permit Applications: Informed Consent Activity Consent (Permission Slip) Unit Money-Earning Project
Medical Exam Forms: Annual Health and Medical Record other forms…
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