Information for Volunteers

The best part (of Scouting) is watching them grow and triumph.

The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, nearly 1.2 million adults provide leadership and mentoring to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Through the dedication of these many volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America remains the foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training in America. To these volunteers we would like to say thank you for your dedication to Scouting. And, to adults who are not currently Scout volunteers, we invite you to become a volunteer and share in the positive experiences of the Scouting programs!

Forms & Applications

Becoming a Merit Badge Counselor: To become a Merit Badge Counselor you need to fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Application & BSA Adult Application.  Proof of current Youth Protection Training is required with Applications.  Forms should be dropped dropped off to our Service Center (in Person or US Mail).  Once your applications are processed you must take Scouts BSA – Merit Badge Counselor Training ( within 90 days.

Merit Badge | Download

BSA Adult Application | Download

Youth Protection Training | Link

Training Awards

Den Leader | Download

Cub Scouting | Download

Boy Scouting | Download

Venturing | Download

Award/Nomination Forms

Venturing Leadership Award | Download

District Award of Merit | Download

Silver Beaver Award | Download

Unit Leader Award of Merit | Download

Key Progress Record

Cubmaster | Download

Scoutmaster | Download

Advisor | Download


Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists people from just about every occupation imaginable are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens. They also quickly discover that Scout volunteering enables them to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while having fun. You Benefit, Too. Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school, age boys or middle and high school, age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. In addition to the reward of working with youth, through volunteering for Scouts you will:

  • Develop a greater level of pride in your community.
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate moral and ethical decisions.
  • Build a closer bond with your children and other children in the community.
  • Become a better role model image for youth in your community.
  • Develop a more personal relationship with God.

Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone. To learn more about how volunteering helps youth, please read the Volunteer Outcomes Study.

Visit to learn more about Volunteer Training to ensure you’re up-to-date on all things Scouting!

BSA National Council Information Center

BSA National Council Scouting Safely Center

BSA Online Training Center

Need Help? Click Here for the Frequently Asked Questions Need assistance? E-mail with your logon e-mail address and contact information. Please include your council name and headquarters city. Our representatives are available between 7 a.m. (CT) and 7 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.