LDS Boy Scouting

Training for LDS Boy Scout Leaders


Adult Leadership

What do we want from a adult youth leader?

  1. Men who can and will make a difference in the lives of young men.
  2. Men who can be examples for our youth, who can relate well to the youth and yet are able to keep a bit of distance so they can still inspire them and lift them to greater heights.
  3. Men who can say, “Come follow me – to the temple and on a mission”.
  4. Men who listen to the promptings of the spirit.
  5. Men of character who have a strong testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. (“The primary reason we have youth activities is to give our youth opportunities to associate with men and women who have testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Bishop H. Burke Peterson, formerly the Presiding Bishop – 1975)
  6. Men who are willing to be trained – both Aaronic Priesthood training and in the Boy Scouts of America – and are willing to train our youth. A whole chapter is devoted to training in this manual.
  7. Men who are willing to devote the time to be effective leaders. It takes more than an hour or two a week to serve young men.
  8. Tenure (maybe we should spell it “t-e-n y-e-a-r”). It takes time to build “relationships of trust”. According to President Dahlquist, General YM President, “Unless the Spirit shouts…it is a good rule of thumb to leave Young Men leaders in their calling for a sufficient length of time to be trained, to apply what they have learned, and to make a difference in the lives of the young men they serve.”
  9. Men who can “…assist parents… to strengthen the brethren of the Aaronic Priesthood – to prepare them to overcome the temptations of the world; to help them become spiritually and physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight; and to prepare them to become the greatest generation of missionaries, husbands and fathers that this world has ever seen. Our objective is to help them become men who will lead with vision in their families, in their communities, and in their professions, men who live to bless those around them and in whom burns an almost consuming desire to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of those they serve.” (President Dahlquist, General YM president September 2004 Open House)
  10. Men who will prepare every deacon to be worthy to be ordained an elder and serve a mission.
  11. Men who will live worthily to have the Spirit and will teach our young men how to feel the Spirit.
  12. Men who will take counsel from the Lord and from his appointed leaders.


Adult Religious Award – On My Honor

  1. Be at least twenty-one years of age.
  2. Have served a minimum of three years in the Aaronic Priesthood or Primary.
  3. Be thoroughly familiar with the Aaronic Priesthood or Primary program as shown in an interview with the bishop.
  4. Be worthy as shown in an interview with the bishop.
  5. Complete the basic training for Scouting leaders.

It is important that the Ward leadership recognize the volunteers and members of the Ward who support the Scouting Program. Adult leaders should complete the appropriate award form for their positions to receive recognition from the Boy Scouts of America. Different Square Knot Awards are associated with each position.

Boys should not feel excluded from participating in the program because they can not afford to pay for activities. On the other hand, Den Leaders should not have to pay for Den Meeting supplies. Organization of Scouting


Two-Deep Leadership

It is BSA policy that two adults are present at all times during Scout Meetings, lessons and activities (review “Youth Protection” guidelines). One must be a registered adult, the other a responsible adult over 21. If the unit goes on a trip outside the normal meeting location, one of the adults must have completed the Youth Protection Training that is available online.

Youth Protection Training for Adults

All adult leaders working with Scouts of all ages are required to take BSA Youth Protection (YP) training. Adult leaders working with Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Varsity Scouts take Youth Protection Guidelines for Adult Leaders. Adults working with the Venturing program must take Youth Protection Training for Adult Venturing Leaders. Both courses are taken online through the local council Web site.

  • Leaders should frequently discuss the issue of child abuse in various Ward Meetings with other youth leaders. They should also discuss a Scout Leader’s responsibility in assuring that abuse does not occur and the requirement to report all incidents of possible child abuse to the proper authorities.
  • Professional Scouters recommend that adult leaders repeat Youth Protection training every two years (but this is not required).
  • Youth Protection training is required for many activities. The BSA Local Tour Permit Application states, “At least one registered adult who has completed BSA Youth Protection Training must be present at all . . . events and activities that require a tour permit.”
  • Leaders who take these courses are issued training cards, which they should keep handy and produce as proof of completion of the courses if requested.

The key to an exciting program is KIS-MIF ….


How Parents Help

Scouting operates through volunteer leadership. Volunteer leaders are an example of Scouting’s principle of service to others. Naturally, parents are a logical source of leaders in the Scouting program. Scouting needs every parent’s help to be a successful program. Parents volunteer, not only to serve Scouting, but also to help their son and his friends, and to be a positive influence on the youth in their Ward and community.

To provide a quality program, Scouting Units need help from all Parents!

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