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A Scout Troop Flag
A Scout Troop Flag
Typical Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)
Typical Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)

A Scout troop (or Scouts BSA troop) is the standard unit for Scouts in the Scouts BSA program, is composed of multiple patrols, is supported by an adult Troop committee, and is sponsored by a chartered organization.

Troops usually meet weekly, and go on outings monthly. They also hold Courts of Honor at least once a year; usually quarterly.


Youth members

...a Troop is not divided into Patrols. A Troop is the sum total of its Patrols.
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

The troop's youth are lead by the Senior Patrol Leader through the Patrol Leaders' Council.

Youth members of a Troop include:

Adult members

The troop's Scouters (adult leaders) are divided into two branches:

All adult members are required to complete and maintain currency in Youth Protection Training (YPT) and undergo a background check. In order to be considered "trained," the Boy Scouts of America requires additional training beyond YPT for all adult leaders except those in the Scouter Reserve positions. In order to be an adult leader or even just to participate in Scouting activities, local councils, chartered organizations, units, and Scouting venues (e.g., Scout camps and reservations, high-adventure bases) may have additional training requirements or qualifications beyond those mandated by the national office of the BSA.

Liaisons between a unit and the local District and Council

External links


The Troop is a "unit" registered with its local BSA council and chartered to a "chartered organization." Other types of units are:

See also

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