January 19, 2019
BSA Chaplain Training Classes
Scroll down or email AskTheChaplain to register for an in-person classroom Chaplain Training Course.
Serving as a chaplain in a Scouts BSA 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.
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 Hammond.
Ask the Chaplain
If you have a specific question, you can email AskTheChaplain
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!
NEW Online Chaplain Classes
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. Discusses the qualifications and duties of a unit chaplain as well as identifying unit worship opportunities.
- Religious Emblems, Awards, and Advancements. Will help you understand 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.
- Interfaith Considerations. 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.
|January 19, 2019||Hurst Office||1:00pm-4:00pm||Register|