Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America
Serving 21 counties of East Tennessee
 
What's next?
 
Parents:
 
When you join the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting is like an extension of your family: It follows your values, it sees to the overall care and well-being of your child, and it’s always there for you. It’s not an either/or choice you have to make for your child. It works with you to let you manage your time and other activities and will always be there when you return.
 
Maturity. Youth experience dramatic physical and emotional growth. Scouting offers them opportunities to channel much of that change into productive endeavors. Through service projects and Good Turns, Scouts can discover their place in the community. Many Scouting activities allow youth to associate with others from different backgrounds. The religious emblems program offers pathways for Scouts to more deeply understand their duty to God. The unit provides each Scout with an opportunity to explore, to try out new ideas, and to embark on adventures that sometimes have no design other than to have a good time with good people.
 
Flexibility. The Scouting programs are flexible and accommodate the need to balance the work and life requirements of a busy family. It’s easy to plan for meetings and activities, and if something unexpected comes up, just let your leader know—it’s expected in the lives we live today.
 
Adaptability. Your child can work on achievements at his or her own pace. For example, if your child is in a spring soccer league and has to miss several meetings and activities, he or she still can complete and sign off on Scout activities to work toward the next level.
 
Transferability. The skills and values your child learns through Scouting can be applied in any non-Scouting activity he or she participates in. As your child builds character, this can be an especially valuable defense to the peer pressure all youth experience when growing up.
 
The safety of your child while involved in any Scouting activity is the unit leader’s number one priority. For this reason, the BSA has created safety policies and procedures, and established age-appropriate guidelines for all Scouting activities.

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

Youth Protection

Training Calendar

How you can help.  Learn more about the roles for adults in the Scouting program. CLICK HERE

Leaders:

The Boy Scouts of America relies on volunteers to provide leadership and support to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.

Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists—people from just about every occupation imaginable—are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens. They also quickly discover that Scout volunteering enables them to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while having fun.

You Benefit, Too. Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school–age boys or middle and high school–age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. In addition to the reward of working with youth, through volunteering for Scouts you will:

  • Develop a greater level of pride in your community.
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate moral and ethical decisions.
  • Build a closer bond with your children and other children in the community.
  • Become a better role model image for youth in your community.
  • Develop a more personal relationship with God.

Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone.

Training required for all new registered leaders and must be taken every two years to maintain registration. A login is required, but anyone may create a user account and view the courses. Registered members of the BSA may provide their member numbers (as part of the user profile) to receive credit.  CLICK HERE for training information.

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

Youth Protection

Training Calendar