Scout Committee Members
(BSA position code: MC)
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 Scout Committee Chair the Scout Committee’s primary responsibility is supporting troop leaders in delivering quality program and handling troop administration. The troop committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review.
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 a member of the Scout Committee has many important responsibilities in Scouting:
- Assist the Scout Committee Chair in his or her duties as assigned and requested.
- Provide adults for non Eagle Boards of Review (Eagle Boards of Review are held at the District Level).
- Ensure that Troop (including separate scorecard for Eleven Year Old Scouts) is striving towards improvements by incorporating Journey to Excellence.
- Offer Youth Protection Training for Youth (A Time to Tell) at least once per calendar year for all Scouts and their families.
- Fulfill the responsibilities of your specific assignment on the Scout Committee as well as other duties that are requested and delegated to you.
- Get position specific basic trained by BSA (information below) as soon as reasonably possible. Ideally within 30-days of being called.
Suggested Members of the Scout Committee
- Scout Committee Chair – head of the Committee
- Secretary – keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity. (Our suggestion is the Secretary of the Ward Young Mens Presidency also be the Secretary of the Scout Committee).
- Advancement Coordinator – ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the troop has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for Eleven Year Old Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports, which is done through Scoutbook.
- Equipment & Outdoor Activities Coordinator – work with the youth Quartermaster and is responsible inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment. Makes reservations, organizes rides, and get necessary permission slips & permits for campouts and other outdoor activities.
- Membership Coordinator – help ensure a smooth transition from Cub Scouts in Eleven Year Old Scouts patrol and from Eleven Year Old Scouts patrol into a Boy Scout patrol. They also provide orientation for new parents.
- Training Coordinator – ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible to make sure all Adult Scout leaders are current on Youth Protection Training. Would facilitate annual Youth Protection For Youth training (A Time to Tell) for all Scouts and their parents.
- Committee Member at large (several, including a member of Ward Primary Presidency). Members without a standing specific assignment/responsibilities, but rather work off individual assignments made at Committee meetings.
Some Scout Committees do not assign any individual committee members (other than the chair) a specific assignment when they are added to the committee but rather keep all as members at large.
- Life to Eagle Mentors and Coaches – works with Life Scouts to coach them through the process of Eagle Project and other requirements to help them advance from Life to Eagle Scout.
Advisers to the Scout Committee (not members of the committee)
Position Specific Basic Training
As a member of the Scout Committee, you need to Register as an Adult Scout Leader with the Scout Office as the “Committee Member”, using position code MC.
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 the 17 online ScoutingU training classes.
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.
Some Scout Committee positions require additional training.
Continuing and additional training
You will need to retake Youth Protection Training at least once every other year, although annually is preferred.