Starting a Troop background material

Steps to Create a New Troop:

Step 0: Marketing and Membership

Step 1: Chartered Organization Agreement

Every potential chartered organization must complete this agreement which outlines the responsibilities of the new chartered organization as well as the local council. 

Step 2:  New Unit Application

The new unit application collects the key information about the new chartered partner including the executive officer and location of the unit.  

Step 3:  Adult Leadership Identified, Recruited, and Trained

There must also be 5 adult members willing to fill the following positions:

All new adults must complete a BSA Adult Application.  They must also complete the required background checks.  Before an adult can be registered they also must complete Youth Protection Training.  

At least two adults (Two-deep leadership) are required on every BSA activity, including meetings and Merit badge counseling.

A troop requires the following leaders who must complete online and outdoor training:

Chartered Organization Representative:

Must complete Youth Protection Training.  Recommend completing Chartered Organization Representative Training

Committee Chair:

Must complete Youth Protection Training and Committee Training (available online at

Committee Member (need 2):

Must complete Youth Protection Training.  Recommend completing Committee Training (available online


  • The boys troop and the girls troop scoutmaster must be different adults.  See Family Scouting.
  • Must complete Youth Protection Training, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (available online at, and Introduction to Outdoor Skills (available in person only).  Recommend completing Hazardous Weather Training (available online at

Assistant Scoutmaster (recommended):

Must complete Youth Protection Training.  Recommend completing Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training and Hazardous Weather Training (available online at, and Introduction to Outdoor Skills (available in person only)

Step 4:  Program Planning

One of the key elements of all successful troops would be the troop’s annual program plan and planning conference.  There are a number of great resources available to help with Program Planning.  Here is a link to some of the best resources.

Step 5:  Recruit Youth Members and Orient Parents

Step 6: Turn all of the paperwork in and Get Scouting!

Completed Paperwork includes:

  • Signed Chartered Organization Agreement
  • New Unit Application
  • Adult Applications, training, and background checks
  • Youth Applications
  • Appropriate Fees
  • (optional) Boys’ Life Fee prorated

Step 7: Troop Meeting!

  • The weekly troop meeting is the glue that holds a Scout troop together.
  • Rank Advancement is the incentive to motivate the scouts and to new and increasingly difficult challenges.



The New-Unit Organization Process

Publications for Adult Volunteers

Training for Adult Leaders

Steps to Join a Crew:

  • Locate Your Council
  • Contact Your Unit
  • Complete the Application
  • Start Your Adventure in Scouting

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