New Unit Registration

Steps to Create a New Unit:

Step 1: Chartered Organization Agreement
Every potential chartered organization must complete this agreement which outlines the responsibilities of the new chartered organization as well as the local council.

Step 2: New Unit Application
The new unit application collects the key information about the new chartered partner including the executive officer and location of the unit.

Step 3: Adult Leadership Identified, Recruited, and Trained
All new adults must complete a BSA Adult Application. They must also complete the Pennsylvania required background checks. Before an adult can be registered they also must complete Youth Protection Training.

A troop requires the following leaders who must complete the following training:

Chartered Organization Representative:
Must complete Youth Protection Training. Recommend completing Chartered Organization Representative Training

Committee Chair:
Must complete Youth Protection Training and Committee Training (available online at

Committee Member (need 2):
Must complete Youth Protection Training. Recommend completing Committee Training (available online at

Scoutmaster / Cubmaster:
Must complete Youth Protection Training, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training (available online at, and Introduction to Outdoor Skills (available in person only). Recommend completing Hazardous Weather Training (available online at

Assistant Scoutmaster / Asst Cubmaster (recommended):
Must complete Youth Protection Training. Recommend completing Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Specific Training and Hazardous Weather Training (available online at, and Introduction to Outdoor Skills (available in person only)

Step 4: Program Planning
One of the key elements of all successful troops would be the troop’s annual program plan and planning conference. There are a number of great resources available to help with Program Planning. Here is a link to some of the best resources.

Preparation Steps
  • Calendar
  • Meeting Plan
  • Planning Conference Guide (PowerPoint)

Step 5: Recruit Youth Members and Orient Parents
All new youth need to complete a BSA Youth Application. Assigning a Committee Member to be a New Member Coordinator is a great way to help get youth and parents acclimated to the unit and Scouting.

Step 6: Turn all of the paperwork in and Get Scouting!
Paperwork can be submitted before February 1

Completed Paperwork includes:
  • Chartered Organization Agreement
  • New Unit Application
  • Adult Applications, training, and background checks
  • Youth Applications
  • Appropriate Fees
    • $75 unit registration fee
    • $46 registration fee per adult
    • $73 registration fee per youth
    • $12 Boys’ Life Fee prorated (optional)