Why YOU should Volunteer Scouts BSA is a Scout-led, Scout-run program, with adult volunteers providing guidance. Adult role models in Scouting provide an ideal learning experience for all youth. Every adult volunteer has something valuable to offer.

The advantages of Scouting are not limited to youth. Adult Volunteers also develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.  Volunteers learn, too. Volunteers spend a significant amount of time to ensure the success of Scouting in their communities. The average Scout volunteer gives 20 hours of service each month, and 96 percent of volunteers say they would recommend volunteering for the BSA to other adults.

Volunteer Service
The Scouts run the Troop. But without volunteers they would have no one to coach them along the Scouting trail. Because being a volunteer in the Troop is such an important role we ask that each volunteer fulfill the responsibilities seen below.
  • Staying Connected
  • Learn how the Troop works
  • Stay up to date on Advancement
  • Show off all the fun you are having
  • Keep track of upcoming events
  • Check on the forms you need
  • Stay informed about the Troop budget
  • Make sure you are ready to go camping

Staying Connected
One of the responsibilities of being a Volunteer is to stay connected with other Volunteers, the Scouts you are coaching, and the rest of the Troop. Volunteers should communicate regularly with the Scoutmaster, and the Scout(s) they are coaching. Volunteers should make sure they are reading messages and the newsletter, asking the Scoutmaster/Committee Chair questions, and sending the Scoutmaster suggestions for Troop activities. 

Learn how the Troop works
To work with the Troop, by coaching the Scouts, you have to know how the Troop works. Check out our Structure page to learn more about how the Troop is organized. You can also read up on Troop Policies to learn how the Troop operates.

Stay up to date on Advancements
Your first source of information for anything in Scouts is the Scouts BSA Handbook. Make sure you are up to date with the new rank requirements in the 13th Edition of the Handbook. In addition to being an informative guide to scouting, it is used to record completion of the steps required to advance in rank. It will be a part of your every Scouting activity. You can learn how more about how advance works  with tips and information on our Advancement page. 

Show off all the fun you are having
Scouting is full of opportunities to make lifelong memories. You can keep track off and share this memories with the Troop and your friends on our News & Photos page.

Keep track of upcoming events
You can check out the  Calendar page to make sure you do not miss any of the Troops exciting activities. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to add the Calendar to your phone, tablet, or computer. Also take a look out our monthly newsletter.

Check on the forms you need
Part of being prepared is making sure you have all the forms you need for an activity. The most important  thing you need to do is make sure you fill out the BSA health form before you sign up for any overnights. The form must be renewed annually. Other important forms you should check on are the Merit Badge Counselor Form, and the Tour and Activity Plan.

Stay informed about the Troop budget
You can use our Finances page to stay up to date on the Troop budget. 

Make sure you are ready to go camping
Camping with the Troop is the most exiting thing about being in Troop 98. To have fun on a campout you need to work to get ready before hand. Each Volunteer should check out the information in the Camping folder. Here you can find information and tips about what to bring and how to stay warm and dry. You can check out the Troop Inventory to make sure the Troop has everything it needs for a fun campout.

Cyber Chip
Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies. You can learn more about the Cyber Chip at the BSA website.

Youth Protection
The Boy Scouts of America places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. To maintain such an environment, the BSA developed numerous procedural and leadership selection policies and provides parents and leaders with resources for the Cub ScoutScouts BSA, and Venturing programs. All registered Volunteers are Youth Protection trained and must retake the training every two years.

Training for Volunteers
The more a Volunteer knows about the BSA programs the better they are able to support their Scout. Every Scout deserves a Trained Volunteer. The BSA offers a variety of training courses for Parents and Volunteers. Training can be found covering topics such as; a program overview, youth protection, position specific, supplemental, and outdoor skills. You can find all of the online BSA Training for Adults at the BSA website.

Required Training for Volunteers
A direct-contact Scout leader is considered fully trained and entitled to wear the Trained leader emblem when he or she has completed the below-mentioned training courses.
  • Fast Start Training*
  • Youth Protection Training*
  • This is Scouting*
  • Position-Specific Training
  • Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills
Item with the (*) behind them are available at my.scouting.org 
The last two items are offered as Council level group training events such as Blackfoot or Okama.  Visit the BSA site for Volunteer Training or looking through the Training Catalog to learn more.

Troop Process
Whether you have a question or a conflict we want to make sure you know who to call.  When a Volunteer has a question or a concern they can check our Parent process chart below. The process allows the Scout Parent Coordinator, Scoutmaster Corps, and the Troop Committee to fulfill their roles as leaders.  If a Volunteer should be concerned about a Scouts health or safety, they should find the Scoutmaster immediately.

When a Scout has a question or a concern they can check our Scout process chart below. The process allows the Troop leaders, the Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader, to fulfill their roles as leaders. It also helps support the Volunteer role of being a guide to the Scout Leaders. If a Scout should be concerned about his or another Scout's health or safety any Scout, he should find an adult volunteer immediately.

Uniform The Scouters in Troop 98 wear the proper scout uniforms according to the occasion. There are two classes of Scout uniforms:
Class AThe complete official uniform includes the Scout long-sleeved or short-sleeved shirt, Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and buckle, and Scout socks or knee socks. The Scouts of Troop 98 have voted to also include a Troop Neckerchief and Slide. Scouts should wear the Class A uniform for all ceremonial and indoor activities, such as troop meetings, courts of honor, and most other indoor functions. The uniform should also be worn during special outdoor occasions, such as Scout shows, flag ceremonies and special times at summer camp.
Class BA secondary uniform  that includes a blank, or Scouting related T-shirt (Troop 98 T-shirt) with the Scout pants or shorts, Scout belt and Buckle, and Scout socks or knee socks. Scouts should wear the Class B uniform to Troop meetings after Summer Camp, during outdoor activities, and traveling to and returning from Summer Camp.

Uniform Items provided by Troop 98.
  • A Scouter will earn their Troop T-shirt when they attend Summer Camp for the first time. 
  • A Scouter will receive the Red Shoulder Loops when they complete their Adult Leader application.
  • A Scouter can earn the Old Crow Patch by completing the Adult Leader Application, Completing Adult Leader Training, Attending Summer Camp, and attending at least 3 Troop Campouts in the same year.
To find what Uniform items you need you can learn about the Scout Leader Uniform or visit the Council Scout Shop.