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What Is A Parent's Role In Scouting?

Scouting With Your Child

As a parent, you’re a primary role model for your child. Scouting provides a time-tested structure that helps bond parent/child development through group and individual activities, recognition and advancement. Your child needs your encouragement, guidance and participation along his or her Scouting path.

Scouting also recognizes that the make up of a family or who plays a parental role can vary greatly.  We are a program for Dad, Mom, Grandparents, Uncles, and any other individual who is active in the boy's life.  


New volunteer leaders in Scouting can take their initial Fast Start training at the BSA’s Online Learning Center (OLC) at Fast Start training is required before volunteers can participate in youth activities.

The OLC brings together essential volunteer learning in a single package and allows volunteers to take courses at their convenience at home, and to download and print a certificate of completion. It also keeps a personal training history for each volunteer, showing courses completed, started and unfinished courses.

How Parents Can Help in Scouting

There are many volunteer positions in Scouting that parents can help fill, working directly with Scouts or in support roles to the unit. Here’s a partial list:

Cub Scout
Activities Leader, Assistant Leader, Award Coordinator, Camping Participant, Car Pool Coordinator, Construction Support, Den Leader / Assistant, District Committee Member, Field Trip Planner, Refreshment Provider, Secretary,
Skills Expert, Supply Coordinator, Youth Protection Coordinator

Boy Scout
Activity Leader, Assistant Leader, Advancement Committee, Fundraising Coordinator, Hobby Instructor, Interfaith Religious Coordinator, Merit Badge Counselor, Librarian, Printer, Publicity Chair, Snorkeling and Scuba Instructor, Unit Webmaster

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