January 13, 2018
BSA Chaplain Training Classes
Duties of the Adult BSA Chaplain can be as simple as working with the Youth Chaplain Aide. However, he/she should provide opportunities for all personnel (youth and adult) to grow in their personal faith. The BSA Chaplain should provide a spiritual tone for all unit meetings and camping experiences. A Scoutmaster’s Minute and a Chaplain’s Minute can be similar short thought provoking lessons that will help everyone and guide the Scouts through the 12th point of the Scout Law. The new faith requirements for each rank advancement can be a hurdle or an opportunity to help the youth express and grow in his faith, however the BSA Chaplain must pledge to never proselytize.
The BSA Declaration of Religious Principles and the Handbook for Chaplains and Chaplain Aides, 2012 (BSA 522-036) are the guiding principles of what is needed. Online Training and Printed Training is always helpful starting out. Our class gives an adult a chance to discuss, learn and grow in groups of people and ask “How do you?” type questions. Practice in Interfaith presentations is also a class topic.
The Longhorn Chaplain training classes began in the fall of 2012 and annual classes are held each December/January. The Longhorn BSA Chaplain Corp adopted a unique neckerchief to identify them and is awarded upon completion of the class.
For more information, contact David at .
Ask the Chaplain
If you have a specific question, you can send an email to
Questions such as “What are the requirements to become a BSA Chaplain?” or
“Can a Scouting Unit have more than one BSA Chaplain?” or
“What is the difference between a Chaplain and a Chaplain Aide?” are common examples of prior questions.
Thank you for your interest in our Longhorn Council Chaplain Program and thank you for all you do for Scouting!
Chaplain E-Learning Release
Serving as a chaplain in a Boy Scout unit provides a unique opportunity for ministry. The BSA maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. ScoutingU has developed three chaplain online learning modules to train volunteers who serve in this role:
• The Role of the Unit Chaplain and Chaplain Aide
• Religious Emblems, Awards, and Advancements
• Interfaith Considerations
The Role of the Unit Chaplain and Chaplain Aide module discusses the qualifications and duties of a unit chaplain as well as identifying unit worship opportunities.The Religious Emblems, Awards, and Advancements module will help you understand
and learn about the religious emblems available in the BSA. This module also explains what is needed to get a unit started in the BSA’s Religious Emblems program as well as what is needed to complete the Religious Award.
The Interfaith Considerations module will help you understand how to set the spiritual tone of a Scout meeting. This module will explore various unit worship opportunities, but most importantly, you will be able to recognize basic interfaith considerations and
appropriate materials for your Scouts.
Anyone serving in a chaplain position should be registered as such using the appropriate position code for the unit, district, or council. You may be dual enrolled in this position and any other position. The chaplain content is available around-the-clock on the BSA Learn Center by logging into My.Scouting.org. As always, ScoutingU continually strives to provide the content you need when you need it.
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