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The New-Leader Guide: Tips to Get You Started Down the Scouting Trail

All over America, students are trying to navigate new hallways, remember their locker combinations and find the lunchroom. As a new Scouter, you know how they feel.

Don’t worry; we know how you feel, too. We at Scouting magazine have been where you are and understand how intimidating the job can be, so we created this handy guide to help you through the first months of your Scouting career. Half of the tips stem from our own experience; the other half come from Scouters across the country who responded to survey questions on our Facebook page. We appreciate their input and look forward to the day that you, too, start sharing your wisdom with Scouting’s next crop of rookie leaders.


Meet and Greet

STEP 1: Seek out your chartered organization representative, the volunteer who oversees Scouting at your chartered organization (the school, community group or religious institution that sponsors your unit). Ask how Scouting aligns with the organization’s mission and what your unit can do to help. This is especially important if you’re the unit leader (Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor or Skipper) or committee chair.

STEP 2: Meet your district executive and unit commissioner. The district executive is the professional Scouter who oversees Scouting in your community; the commissioner is an experienced volunteer charged with supporting your unit. Their goal is to make your unit successful, and they have access to lots of useful resources.

STEP 3: Find a mentor in your district who holds (or recently held) the same position as you. Discuss any challenges you’re facing, and then visit one of your mentor’s meetings to see him or her in action.


Ideas from Your Fellow Scouters

Working With Parents and Other Adults

Working With Scouts

Measuring Success

Creating a Great Program

Improving Yourself

Miscellaneous Tips