FAQ – Religion, By-laws, Politics, Rules

What do I keep hearing about Scouting and Religion?

Per the 12th point of the Scout Law, “a Scout is Reverent”.

Scouting’s founder, Lord Baden Powell, believed that it was crucial to the development of the “whole person” that we have a belief in, and love for God, and that we should live by and embody His laws and teachings. Scouting does NOT promote any one denomination above another and works with organized religions to offer awards (officially known as the Religious Emblem Program) to any boys choosing to farther explore their religious faith, from Catholic, to Muslim, to Judaism, to Buddhist. Again, Scouting proves itself to be SUPPORTIVE of diversity and religious differences.

Which political party does the BSA endorse?

By National policy, the BSA is APOLITICAL. We have no affiliation with any one political party, nor are Scouts (in uniform) permitted to act in ANY WAY that would be interpreted as giving support to any one political party or political issue. Uniformed Boy Scouts may serve as the Color Guard at political events, but must exit the stage before any political speeches or grand-standing take place. By Constitutional Charter, the President of the United States is the Honorary President of the BSA.

Does the Troop have some “Bylaws” that I can read?

Bylaws are not necessary in Scouting units. Every aspect of how the Program should function is already laid out in clear detail in the Scoutmaster’s Handbook, the boy’s Scouting Handbook, Guide to Safe Scouting, and the National Council’s training documentation for the Troop Committee and the various Committee positions.

If you’d like to learn more about the BSA, there are many online training opportunities at My.Scouting.Org, of which is the required Youth Protection Training, for any adult that will be participating regularly on outings.

Some important facts:

  • The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) runs the Troop meetings and events
  • The Patrol Leaders Committee (PLC) makes the decisions
  • Adult leaders give the boys support
  • Committee members handle administration and funding COR and report to TAC
  • The Charter Organization ensures the committee runs the Troop efficiently and approves troop membership and roles

Is there any hazing in Scouting?

Absolutely not. “Hazing” or similar types of practical jokes are simply not tolerated.