Being a leader and mentor to young men will be one of the greatest experiences of your life. The resources that are available are designed to give you the needed tools to be successful in delivering the best experience possible for these young men. Communicating with other leaders is a great tool because many volunteers are trying to accomplish some of the same things.
IMPORTANT! In order to provide a safe and secure learning environmental for children, every registered adult leader must complete the online Youth Protection Training.
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If you are a new leader in Cub Scouting, here are some key resources that you should review so that you can get your den or pack up and running, right from the start.
Being a Leader is a Great Experience! The Volunteer Outcomes Study conducted by Harris Interactive provides insights into who volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America and what they receive from the experience.
- More than half of Scout volunteers have been adult leaders for six or more years, with 28 percent having volunteered for Scouting for more than 10 years.
- Approximately 70 percent of Scout volunteers are male, and 30 percent are female.
- On average, Scout volunteers give 5 hours of service to Scouting per week.
- Sixty-six percent of Scout volunteers also volunteer for other youth organizations.
Adults say volunteering for Scouting has helped them:
- Be a better citizen (90 percent)
- Become a better parent (88 percent)
- Ensure a safe environment for the youth in their community (88 percent)
- Have more fun in their life (85 percent)
- Become a better manager or supervisor (74 percent)
- Become a better employee (66 percent)
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. As methods of Scouting, advancement and recognition keep boys interested in and excited about the Scouting program while teaching them valuable skills they will remember for a lifetime.
Scouting is a volunteer-led movement. This is true from the unit level to the national level, and one of the most important aspects of the Scouting program is the District. Each district is led by a committee, which undertakes the business and day-to-day functioning of the district. District leadership also includes a corps of commissioners, who serve as the liaison between the unit and the council, as well as ensuring that the unit’s leaders have all of the training and assistance they need. See the map below to find out which district you are in and how to get in touch with your district’s leadership.
- Penobscot Valley District- Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, Armed Forces Reserve Center, Bangor, ME
- Washington District- Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm, Jacksonville United Methodist Church, East Machias
- Waldo District- Third Monday of the month, 7:00 pm, EMA Building, Belfast
- Hancock District- Second Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Ellsworth
- Penquis District- Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm, Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, Dover-Foxcroft
- North Star District- Second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm, Grant Methodist Church, Presque Isle
District Meeting Info
- Penobscot Valley District- Fourth Monday of the month, 6:00 pm, contact for location
- Waldo District- Third Monday of the month, 6:00 pm, EMA Building, Belfast
- Hancock District- First Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Ellsworth
- North Star District: Third Wednesday of the month
- Penquis District: None
- Washington District: None
Merit Badge Counselor
As a merit badge counselor, your mission is to join fun with learning. You are both a teacher and mentor as the Scout works on a merit badge and learn by doing. Your hands-on involvement could inspire a Scout to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult. The training and experience that both you and the scout receive during the merit badge process are invaluable, and we strive to provide merit badge counselors with the tools to be as successful as possible. Click here for the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for more information about the merit badge process and the responsibilities of a counselor, and click here to learn about the required Youth Protection Training that ensures a safe learning environment for scouts and adults. For more information about how to become a merit badge counselor, contact the Katahdin Area Council and we’ll be happy to help you get involved in Scouting!
National BSA Forms
Most forms are available on the relevant sections/pages, however if you do not see what you need, please contact us so we can make those forms available. Many of the forms and fliers found on this website are in a PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
National Forms include membership forms, local and national tour permits, medical forms, advancement forms and many others. Click here for national forms.
There are many BSA training classes available, and below are is a list of training you can complete online. These classes are available through MyScouting. If you do not have a MyScouting account, you can register for one here.
- Cub Scout Fast Start Training
- Boy Scout Fast Start Training
- Venturing Fast Start Training
- Adult Venturing Youth Protection Training
- Youth Protection Training
- Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training
The online training does not replace the current volunteer lead sessions, but provides an additional method of delivering this important information to leaders. The interactive “Fast Start” training experience takes leaders through a “What Every Cub Scout/Boy Scout/Venturing Leader Should Know” section, then allows them to choose the training appropriate to their position. The MyScouting link above will take you directly to the various training modules.
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. All Cub Scout and Boy Scout adult volunteers should take this course. It covers the BSA’s Youth Protection policies, kinds of abuse, signs of abuse, how to respond to disclosure of abuse, and proper reporting procedures. It does this by taking one through situations that require choices and produces consequences. Successful completion of this course requires an 80 percent or higher score.
If you take this test as a registered member of the BSA and designate your local Council, your completion will be reported back to your Council to adjust your training records. You’ll also be offered a certificate of completion.
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What Makes a Trained Leader
Adult unit leaders are considered trained, and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem, once they have completed the basic training requirements. To learn more about these requirements and what makes a trained leader, click here.
Every Scouting unit needs the same four legs to serve as the foundation for a great adventure: Awesome programming, excited boys, trained leaders and adequate funding.
Some quick facts about unit fundraising:
- Your unit is not a 501(c)3 and therefore is prohibited from receiving tax-deductable gifts. The Katahdin Area Council can NOT provide you with a tax-ID #, this must be obtained from your Chartering Organization.
- Your fundraising project must have a goal and a purpose.
- Boys are NOT allowed to wear Scout uniforms while conducting a fundraising project.
- Your chartering organization must be aware of and approve of your fundraiser.
Scouting teaches boys to take advantage of the resources available to them. Therefore, the Katahdin Area Council has partnered with Campmasters Popcorn to put together the most profitable, marketable and exciting annual sales program. The most successful and tenured units in the nation sell popcorn.
- If your unit chooses to raise funds with a project other than selling popcorn, the unit must complete and submit to the Katahdin Area Council for approval, the Unit Money Earning Application. This national form ensures that all fundraising projects adhere to the rules and guidelines of the BSA and allows the council to answer any questions they might receive about the fundraiser from the public. You can mail, scan or fax your application to the Katahdin Area Council 2 weeks prior to your event.