Information for Unit Leaders



Website Links

Program Features for Troops and Crews, Vols. 1, 2, 3 | Scouts BSA Promotional Materials | Pack and Den Recruiting | GNFC Recruiting Materials | Family Scouting | National Eagle Scout Association

Merit Badge Counselor List (this list is now available in Scoutbook, all Scoutmasters have access to this list. Use your my.scouting.org ID to login.  scoutbook.com 

Council Refund Policy | Click Here

Cub Scout Resources for Leaders

Camping Restrictions 

Chartering organizations play an important role in the program and activities for their chartered units. Chartering organizations promote well-planned unit program for the units they charter and encourage their units to have active outdoor unit programs. Chartering organizations are not authorized to plan, promote, or deliver programs for units outside of their charter.

It is the role of the council to plan long-term or resident camps and the role of councils or districts to plan camporees and other outings during the year that give youth an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in competitive events with other troops and/or patrols.

When units with different chartered organizations do activities together, this becomes a district or council event and requires council approval. In fact, some states require such activities to be licensed.

Should your troop, crew or ship decide to do a long-term camping program for their own unit (Cub Scouts units are prohibited from this activity) please note that the Scouter Code of Conduct and relevant program safety and training requirements are still in place, e.g., Safe Swim Defense, Hazardous Weather, Wilderness First Aid, Heath Department Permits, etc.

Scouting Forms from the National Council

To obtain an up-to-date and official copy of any other Scouting form not listed below, contact your local council service center.

Membership Applications

  • Youth Application:
  • Adult Application:
  • Member Transfer Form PDF icon
  • Merit Badge Counselor Information/Application PDF icon
  • Merit Badge Counselor List: Unit leaders (Scoutmaster & Committee Chair) can find the list of merit badge counselors in Scoutbook on the unit page. Scoutbook provides a search for merit badge counselors at that location. A downloadable list is not available at this time. Scouts should go to their Scoutmaster for a recommendation of a merit badge counselor. All Units have access to Scoutbook. 

Registration Resources

Eagle Rank

Unit Membership Resources

Unit Resources


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BSA Scouting Safely (click here to be taken to BSA Scouting Safely page)  

The BSA’s Commitment to Safety
We want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees is an important part of the Scouting experience. Youth develop traits of citizenship, character, fitness, and leadership during age-appropriate events when challenged to move beyond their normal comfort level, and discover their abilities. This is appropriate when risks are identified and mitigated.

The Scouting program, as contained in our handbooks and literature, integrates many safety features. However, no policy or procedure will replace the review and vigilance of trusted adults and leaders at the point of program execution.

  • Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
  • Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
  • Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
  • Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
  • Reporting incidents in a timely manner


Charter & Membership Cards:

In an effort to streamline basic operations and put tools in the hands of volunteers, the BSA has decided to make “self-service” as many membership processes as possible. This change will allow unit Key 3 to print charter certificates and membership cards in a timelier manner.

Charter Certificate Printing PDF icon

Membership Card Printing PDF icon