Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America
Your child is joining more than 4 million members of the Boy Scouts of America. Please take the time to review this material and reflect upon its importance.
The BSA and the Chartered Organization
The Boy Scouts of America makes Scouting available to our nation’s youth by chartering community organizations to operate Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews. The chartered organization must provide an adequate and safe meeting place and capable adult leadership, and must adhere to the principles and policies of the BSA. The BSA local council provides unit leader training, program ideas, camping facilities, literature, professional guidance for volunteer leaders, and liability insurance protection.
Scouting’s Volunteers and You
The unit committee selects the Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Advisor, subject to approval of the chartered organization. The unit leader must be a good role model because our children’s values and lives will be influenced by that leader. You need to know your child’s unit leader and be involved in the unit committee’s activities so you can evaluate and help direct that influence.
Scouting uses a fun program to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness for every member. You can help by encouraging perfect attendance, assisting with your child’s advancement, attending meetings for parents, and assisting with transportation. As a Tiger Cub adult partner, you will also participate in all meetings and activities with your son.
Scouting’s adult volunteers provide leadership at the unit, district, council, and national levels. Many are parents of Scouts; many entered Scouting as youth members. Each chartered organization establishes a unit committee, which operates its Scouting unit, selects leadership, and provides support for a quality program. Unit committees depend on parents for membership and assistance.
Excerpt from the Declaration of Religious Principle
The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life. Only persons willing to subscribe to this Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of membership.
Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all boys and young adults who meet the joining requirement. Membership in Scouting, advancement, and achievement of leadership in Scouting units are open to all youth without regard to race or ethnic background and are based entirely upon individual merit.
Policy of Nondiscrimination
Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all boys and young adults who meet the joining requirements
. Membership in Scouting, advancement, and achievement of leadership in Scoiuting units are open to all youth withoug regard to race or ethnic background adn are based entirely upon individual merit.
Chartered organizations agree to use the Scouting program in accordance with their own policies as well as those of the BSA. The program is flexible, but major departures from BSA methods and policies are not permitted. As a parent, you should be aware that:
• Leadership is restricted to qualified adults who subscribe to the Declaration of Religious Principle, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law.
• Citizenship activities are encouraged, but partisan political activities are prohibited.
• Military training and drills are prohibited. Marksmanship and elementary drill for ceremonies are permitted.
• The Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of religious faith and duty; it leaves sectarian religious instruction to the member’s religious leaders and family.
Members who do not belong to a unit’s religious chartered organization shall not be required to participate in its religious activities.
• Two registered adult leaders or one registered adult leader and a parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required on all trips and outings. If trips and outings are coeducational, leaders of both genders must be present.
• Corporal punishment and hazing are not permitted. Parents and unit leaders must work together to solve discipline problems.
• One-on-one activities between youth members and adults are not permitted; personal conferences must be conducted in plain view of others.
• If you suspect that anyone in the unit is a victim of child abuse, immediately contact the Scout executive, who is responsible for reporting this to the appropriate authorities.
• All Scouting activities are open to parental visitation. There are no "secret" organizations within the Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America appreciates your taking time to become familiar with Scouting. We feel that an informed parent is a strong ally in delivering the Scouting program. Help us keep the unit program in accord with Scouting principles. Alert the unit committee, chartered organization representative, and head of the chartered organization to any major deviations. Please do your fair share to support a quality unit program.