Adult Leader Expectations


Adult leaders are expected to set the best example for scouts through uniform, words, and deeds. Those working directly with the youth on the troop level are expected to wear official Scouts BSA uniforms based on the description provided in section. Members of the troop committee and boards of review, parents participating on weekend trips or assisting with weekly meetings, and merit badge counselors do not have to follow uniform expectations.


trainedAdult volunteers must register with the Scouts BSA. This includes merit badge instructors, troop leaders, and committee members. This does not include parents who drive on troop outings.

Adult leaders are expected to complete the official Scouts BSA Youth Protection training and all other position specific training. Our Shakori District training staff offers New Leader Essentials and Scouts BSA Leaders Specific training. Other levels of training, as listed below, are highly recommended but not required. Troop 39 will only be as good as the leaders who supervise the troop.

Youth Protection Training

a time to tellAdult leader training teaches identification and proper reporting procedures.

Adult leaders are trained to recognize signs of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect in the required Scouts BSA Youth Protection training.

Youth Protection Training accomplishes the following objectives:

  • Informs leaders and parents of Scouts BSA’s Youth Protection policies and materials, including videos for each level in Scouting.
  • Increases the protection of children by discussing the procedures for prompt reporting of suspected abuse.
  • Enables Scouting’s leaders and parents to recognize indicators of abuse.

The goal of youth protection training is to make everyone aware of the BSA guidelines and what is considered acceptable behavior. These training programs educate participants on what constitutes physical, emotional, neglect and sexual forms of abuse, assault, harassment and hazing. On the youth level, it teaches the three “R’s”: Recognize, Resist, and Report. On the parent and Scouter levels, it teaches how to recognize indications of child abuse and how to handle such situations.

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