Become a Leader

Summer Camp 2010
Troop 54 leaders and Scouts enjoy a meal at summer camp (July 2010).

Why Do It?

Here are a ten great reasons to become a Scouting leader, from A Scoutmaster's Blog:

  1. Be a positive influence in a boy's life. I think we can agree that there are many youth out there who can benefit from more of this in today's world.
  2. Learn new skills. You are never too old to learn a new skill. And to tell the truth, I don't think a person can ever learn too many skills.
  3. Teach boys new skills. There are few things in life that will make you feel more proud then when you watch a boy or young man using a skill that you have helped them to master.
  4. Make new friends. Not only will you form friendships with the boys, but you will also form new friendships with other Scouters.
  5. Help your community. You provide this service through your unit's service projects and by helping boys grow up to be better adults.
  6. Spend time in the Great Outdoors. You really do need to get out of that recycled-air, stressed-filled office environment at least once a month.
  7. Have a good laugh. Working with Scout age boys can be fun and funny in many ways. Just remember to laugh with the boys, not at the boys.
  8. Go traveling. There are thousands of places to go that provide a great Scout Outing. And do not forget the opportunities to go to a National Jamboree, Philmont, or the other high adventure bases.
  9. Get some exercise. We could all use more exercise. Just try keeping up with a group of Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.
  10. Be a kid again! Scouting gives adults the chance to have just as much fun as the Scouts themselves. Make sure that you do!

How To Become a Leader

  1. Talk to the Scoutmaster about which leadership opportunity would be right for you.
  2. Obtain an adult application form and CORI form from the Scoutmaster or online. An online application is also available.
  3. Take Youth Protection Training, and print the certificate.
  4. Complete the adult application and CORI form and hand these in with the YPT certificate to the Scoutmaster.
  5. During the next year, complete the remaining training required for your position.


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J. Froimson

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