Scout Committee Chair
(BSA position code: CC)
Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.
The Purposes of Your Calling: Under the direction of the Chartered Organization Representative (COR), the Scout Committee Chair supervises the Scout Committee and troop adult leaders. The Scout Committee Chair, along with the COR and the Scoutmaster, makes up the Unit “Key 3”.
The Ward is the chartered organization and, as such, charters the troop with the Boy Scouts of America each year through the local council. The Scout Committee is responsible for the administrative side of the Boy Scout Troop. By taking the administrative responsibilities off the Scoutmaster, the Scoutmaster is then able to focus more on working with the Young Men.
The purposes of LDS Scouting are twofold. Those of the Aaronic Priesthood:
- Become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live by its teachings.
- Serve faithfully in priesthood callings and fulfill the responsibilities of priesthood offices.
- Give meaningful service.
- Prepare and live worthily to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.
- Prepare to serve an honorable full-time mission.
- Obtain as much education as possible.
- Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.
- Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.
(Handbook 2 8.1.3)
Second, it is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on the Scout Oath and Law. The aims of Scouting are to develop in youth (1) a strong ethical character, (2) an active, participating citizenship, including leadership ability, and (3) personal fitness: physical, mental, emotional and moral.
Guidelines of Your Stewardship:
Your calling as the Scout Committee Chair has many important responsibilities in Scouting:
- A member of the Ward Key 3.
- Organize the scout committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated and completed.
- Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organization representative and the Scoutmaster.
- Interpret national and local policies to the troop.
- Prepare Scout committee meeting agendas.
- Secure top-notch, trained individuals for camp leadership.
- Arrange for charter review and recharter annually.
- Plan the charter presentation.
- Ensure that the Adult Scout Leaders (including, but not limited to: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, Life to Eagle Coaches, Merit Badge Counselors) hold meetings regularly and attend to their responsibilities.
- Ensure that the Adult Scout Leaders are current on Youth Protection Training and are following its requirements, including two deep leadership at all activities and outings.
- Ensure that there is sufficient leadership for all activities and outings.
- Attend Court of Honor as often as responsibly possible.
- Attend the annual District Committee meeting
- Strongly encourage participation in training opportunities. In order to deliver the Scouting program, a leader must know what the Scouting program is. Training is provides via classroom and online formats.
- Ensure that all Adult Scout Leaders are current on Youth Protection Training.
- Encourage Adult Scout Leaders to attend monthly Scout Leadership Training Council. Lead by example and attend them as well.
- Hold monthly Ward Key 3 Scout Leaders Meetings and Scout committee meetings. As Committee Chair, you will call, conduct, and promote attendance at these meetings. Regular unit committee meetings are important to see that all functions are covered and that the unit leadership is properly supported.
- Get position specific basic trained by BSA (information below) as soon as reasonably possible. Ideally within 30-days of being called.
Position Specific Basic Training
As the Scout Committee Chair, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as the “Committee Chair”, using position code CC.
While you are waiting for the Scout Office to process your paperwork, which will take about two weeks, we ask that you begin your position specific basic training, which consists of either “WS10 – Troop Committee Challenge” classroom training OR the following 17 online ScoutingU training classes. Ideally take the online ScoutingU training followed by the classroom training when offered.
Before the First Meeting classes to be completed after being called, but before you are sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_400 Scouting Organization for Boy Scouting
- SCO_401 Role of the Unit Key 3 for Boy Scouting
- SCO_402 Aims and Methods of Boy Scouting
- SCO_403 Ideals and Beliefs of Boy Scouting
- SCO_404 Scoutmaster and Patrol Leaders for Boy Scouting
- These 5 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.
Once you finished the Before the First Meeting classes, begin the First 30-days classes, which should be completed within 30-days of being sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_405 Patrol Method for Boy Scouting
- SCO_410 Patrol Leaders Council Meeting for Boy Scouting
- SCO_411 Troop Meeting for Boy Scouting
- SCO_412 Troop Committee for Boy Scouting
- SCO_413 Troop Committee Meetings for Boy Scouting;
- These 5 classes will take a total of about 50 minutes.
Finally, you will finish the last 7 ScoutingU position specific basic training classes, which should be completed during the second 30-days after being sustained. These courses are:
- SCO_406 Outdoor Programs for Boy Scouting
- SCO_407 Advancement for Boy Scouting
- SCO_408 Uniforms for Boy Scouting
- SCO_409 Leader Uniforms for Boy Scouting;
- SCO_414 Annual Planning for Boy Scouting
- SCO_415 Intro to Merit Badges for Boy Scouting
- SCO_530 Journey to Excellence
- These 7 classes will take a total of about an hour.
Continuing and additional training
You will need to retake Youth Protection Training at least once every other year, although annually is preferred.