Family Scouting & Scouts BSA

If your unit is committed to starting a unit, please complete our Scouts BSA Survey. By signing-up you will receive our Scouts BSA newsletter and valuable updates. To sign-up please visit www.bit.ly/scoutsbsasignup

Register Your Troop to Start A Girl Troop or Linked Boy / Girl Troop


Resources for New Scouts BSA Troops and Linked Troops

Here is a list of available resources to help you start and promote your program to potential new Scouts:

Information to Start A New Troop

If you are interested in starting a new Scouts BSA program for the launch date on February 1, 2019 we request that all new Troops submit their paperwork for processing by December 31st to be registered in time for the official launch date.

If your unit is committed to starting a unit, please complete our Scouts BSA Survey. By signing-up you will receive our Scouts BSA newsletter and valuable updates. To sign-up please visit www.bit.ly/scoutsbsasignup

Scouts BSA New Troop Registration Packets are available! – Troops that registered their new Troop before September 25th should receive their registration packet in their Recharter Packet. For all others, packets are available at the Council office. Please email dianne.betz@scouting.org to arrange pick up for one.

Start Recruiting – New Troops are encouraged to start recruiting and holding joining activities  now. Joining activities for future Scouts, including campouts, are covered by BSA insurance as long as all other BSA guidelines are followed.

Minimum requirements to start a new Scouts BSA Troop:

  • 1 Chartering Organization – to sponsor / own the unit. A current charter organization can be used and is required for Linked Troops.
  • 4 or 5 Registered Adult Volunteers – A worksheet of required positions is included with this packet. Linked troops may multiple committee members, committee chairs, and must multiple the chartering organization representative from their Linked Troop. They must also use the same charter organization. Please note, Scoutmasters cannot be multipled.
  • 5 Youth Members – Youth members must all be of the same gender and be 11 to 17 years in age. Youth from other programs (Venturing or Sea Scouts) may be multiple registered in both units.

Linked Troops Information

The National Council has approved two models for Scouts BSA Troops, standalone girl and boy Troops OR a Linked Troop. Standalone units provide all their own leadership, like currently registered Boy Scout Troops, while Linked units will share a unit committee and chartering organization. Learn more about the Linked Troop Model in our FAQs

General FAQs and Program Information


Resources for Family Scouting Cub Packs

After extensive surveys and studies, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer-led board of directors unanimously approved a plan to welcome girls and young women into all Scouting programs, and young women have been thriving in the Cub Scout program since June 2018.

Here is a list of available resources to help you promote your program to potential new Cub Scouts:

Update Your Be A Scout Pin

  • BAS Unit Pins – Use these instructions to update your Be A Scout Pin to allow boys and girls or just girls. All pins are defaulted to allow boys only.

Promotional Resources

General FAQs and Program Information

Are you interested in joining but can’t find a Cub Scout pack in your neighborhood?  Click here to find a Cub Scout Pack in your neighborhood!


Existing Programs for Girls

Did you know that Boy Scouts of America has had programs for girls for more than 45 years? Exploring, Sea Scouts and Venturing are programs available for girls to join right now, we also have a number of programs to help prepare girls for Scouting!

Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids in grades kindergarten through fifth! They get to wear a cool uniform, go places, and see things. They play all kinds of sports and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn a secret code? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!

Exploring is a career exploration opportunity for girls and boys ages 14 to 20 in which young people with interest in specific careers are matched with local businesses and community organizations with expertise in those fields.

Sea Scouting has a particular emphasis on boating and water-based activities for girls and boys ages 14 to 20. Sea Scouts may sail or cruise on boats, learn navigation, learn how to work on engines and compete in regional events.

Venturing is an exciting adventure-based program for girls and boys age 14 to 20. The Venturing program aims to enable young adults to experience a program of fun, challenge, and adventure; to acquire skills; to become skilled trainers of others; and to prepare for life.

Want to learn more about these programs?  Contact us at 408.638.8300 or send an email to membership@svmbc.org

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