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Welcome New Scoutmasters

On this page we have compiled a wide variety of tips, books, links, forms, checklists, and helps to try and give you some assistance in running a troop. We are always looking for new ideas to help make all Scoutmaster the best they can be. If you have any ideas you would like to share please contact the webmaster via email. This site was set up for the Scoutmasters of the Great Salt Lake Council, however we hope this could be a helpful resource for all Scouters.

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Getting Started Scoutmasters Job Desc. 15 proven ideas

Internet Resources


Getting Started


    Make sure you have completed your Adult Application form and turned it into the Council Offices



"Every Scout deserves a trained leader."

As a new Scoutmaster there are some specific training that you need to complete. Most of them are designed to keep you and your troop safe. Below are listed the training classes that you need to attend. Most councils offer these in many different types of media. Here we have listed the links to the on-line version of the training on the national site. Required training is marked with a * (requirements for Great Salt Lake Council are not necessarily requirements for other councils or national requirements. check with your local council if you are not in the GSLC council.)

You need to go to MyScouting and create your account

Click on the E-Learning link and then the General Tab. This will show you the courses you need to take. The site will keep track of your progress so you can start one and come back to it later. After you are finished with the courses on this tab click on the Boy Scout tab and take the courses on that page. By the end of these courses you should have a good understanding how the BSA does things.

Training every Boy Scout Leader should have

  1. Youth Protection Training (every two years)
  2. What is Scouting (one time, but refreshers don't hurt)
  3. Safety Afloat (every two years)
  4. Safe Swim Defense (every two years)
  5. Hazardous Weather (every two years)
  6. Generational Diversity (one time)
  7. Troop Committee Challenge (one time)
  8. Woodbadge (one time)



Get a three ring binder. (I prefer the ones that zip closed and have an accordion folder in them.)

Place the following documents in the three ring binder and carry it everywhere you do scouts.


Scoutmaster's Aid Sheet: Click here for the document. This form is a PDF file that you can type the information into then print it. (print it don't save it) Once the form is filled out print the form and place it as the first page of you binder. This form has all the important information you will need many times over your career as a Scoutmaster.

Scout Roster: Click here for the document. This link is a sample of a scout roster. This is a PDF file that you can fill out and print. (print it don't save it) Once the form is filled out print the form and place it as the second page of you binder. This is also information you will need on a regular basis.

Make yourself a list of every parent, their drivers license number, make and model of vehicles, insurance deductibles etc... on this list you want everything required for a tour permit which you can download by clicking here. having all this information for each parent will save you countless hours tracking down the information each time your troop goes on an outing. Place this page in your binder.

Purchase a copy of the Scoutmaster Handbook and place it in the binder.

Purchase a copy or print the online copy (located here) of the Safe Guide to Scouting and place it in the binder. ( the purchased copy is smaller in size and well worth the money)

Now that the Health form is a form that needs to be completed yearly print a copy (located here) for each boy in your troop, have their parents get the boys a physical and fill out the form then return it to you. Place all of these forms in the binder. (this is why I prefer the binders with an accordion file in them that zipper shut)

When you go to roundtables and get handouts that your troop would be interested in or any training that you attend and get handouts for put them in the binder.

Now with all that stuff in your binder you are ready for any outing!


Below is the job description of a Scoutmaster


Scouting is a game with A purpose.
Fun is the game.
Values are the purpose.
Learning is the process.
It is easier to build a boy than to repair a man
A Scoutmaster trains boys to be leaders,
makes available to them the resources
and guidance they need to lead well,
and then steps into the background
and lets them do their jobs

The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for the image and program of the Troop.
The Scoutmaster and his Assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts.
The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.
The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the Chartered Organization. The Scoutmaster is not a member of the Troop Committee.

General -

  • Train and guide boy leaders.
  • Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
  • Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

Meetings -

  • Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council (PLC) for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
  • Attend all Troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
  • Attend Troop Committee Meetings.
  • Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.


  • Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for rank advancements.
  • Delegate Scoutmaster Conferences to Assistant Scoutmasters as appropriate
  • Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are properly registered.
  • Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
  • Supervise Troop elections for Scout Leadership positions
  • Supervise Troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.


  • Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
  • Participate in council and district events.
  • Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
  • Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

15 Proven Ideas to keep Scouts Interested and Your Troop Growing

  1. Get outdoors as much as possible.
  2. Camp as often as possible (at least 9 weekends a year and one week long)
  3. Don't teach any topic in a classroom setting. Make them hands on or a field trip. Scouts have been in school all day they don't want to come to a scout meeting and sit like they do in school.
  4. Get Scouts to challenge themselves.
  5. Let the scouts run the program, be there to set reasonable limits and keep things safe but let them decide what they want to do.
  6. Don't just sit around a table or podium and teach badge after badge.
  7. Have older more experienced scouts teach the younger newer scouts.
  8. Get Parents involved. The more parents you have willing to help the more things you can do. Your not a baby sitter don't let the parents drop and run.
  9. Give boys a job to do and teach them how to do it. Then let them do it. Scouts stay in longer when they feel needed.
  10. Have the Youth leadership plan all meetings well in advance. At least 30 days. Meeting ran "off the cuff" are rarely effective or fun.
  11. Participate in District and Council events. When scouts see how many other scouts there are in your area they fight negative peer pressure better.
  12. Have the youth leadership call boys that don't attend a meeting and find out why. Youth will attend more meetings if they feel cared about.
  13. During your week long camp attend a low c.o.p.e. course or team building exercise. The youth love these courses and the changes in attitudes will make your job easier when the youth start working as a team and not individuals.
  14. Go to roundtables every month you can. Not only is there fantastic information handed out but great ideas on what you can do with your troop and the networking with other scoutmasters that have been there and done that is invaluable.
  15. #1 rule... make it fun and have fun with them.

Internet Sites That can be Great Resouces

Official Websites

National Website
–Online Training
–Official OA Website
OA Leader Training  
–Council Website
Everything you can think of for scouting (not official)
–Faq’s on scouting. Test only
–Merit Badges, awards for youth, advancement helps
Arts, Craft, Projects
–Need a woodbadge ticket?


–Team building and group games
Dutch oven, Patches, Troop Ideas





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