Your Scouts can apply now for the 2024-25 Scouts BSA Youth Council

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Know any Scouts BSA youth eager to have their voices heard at all levels in Scouting America? This is the opportunity for them!

The Scouts BSA Youth Council, aimed at putting youth perspectives central in program decision making, provides an incredible opportunity for qualified youth to give input and shape strategy on some of the most important topics in the organization.

Now in its fourth year, the council is ready to fill its ranks with a new lineup of Scouts for the 2024-25 term.

For the next few months, youth at least 14 years old and not yet 18 during the entire term (October 2024 through May 2025) may apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Currently in the Scouts BSA program
  • Achieved First Class rank or higher
  • Serving or have previously served in a position of responsibility in a Scouts BSA troop

Encourage your qualified Scouts to apply for the youth council using this online application. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2024.

More about the youth council, time commitment and application process

Scouts who apply must secure a parent or legal guardian’s permission to serve on the council. They should also be prepared to spend about 60 to 90 minutes completing the online application. Note: Applicants cannot save their progress and return later, so they’ll need to allow enough time to complete it in one sitting.

Applying Scouts will be asked to share basic info, along with details about their Scouting experience, positions they’ve held, honors and awards they’ve earned, and events they’ve attended or staffed.

Interested Scouts can apply now through August 31, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the selection decision via email by October 1, 2024.

Many Scouts will apply, and up to 35 will be accepted.

A personal note about the Scouts BSA Youth Council

I’m a big believer that in order to say programs like Scouts BSA are youth led, we must center youth voices in every level of Scouting (including the national level). That’s why I’m incredibly proud and excited to serve as an adult advisor to the Scouts BSA Youth Council this year.

Under the guidance of experienced chair and National Executive Board member Kaleen Deatherage, the council’s adult volunteers help identify the conversations this council will tackle each year. But the adult committee’s true role? To ensure the youth council’s voices are amplified to the adult leadership in Scouting America.

Scout voices have and will always be central to Scouting’s programs. Youth-led councils like this one are proof of that. Encourage your qualified Scouts to apply today.

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