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Below is a basic overview of the jobs of the Chaplain and Chaplain Aide.

To see the actual BSA Job Description and Manual, click here: Job Descriptions & Chaplain's Manual (BSA Website -

Role of the Chaplain (Adult Leader)


Role of the Chaplain Aide (Youth Leader)


  1. Provide a spiritual element for campouts and troop meetings
  2. Provide spiritual counseling when needed or requested
  3. Provide opportunities for all boys to grow in their relationship with God and their fellow Scouts
  4. Encourage Scouts to participate in the religious emblems program of their respective faith
  5. Be familiar with the chaplain aide section of this manual
  6. Work with the troop chaplain aide to plan and conduct an annual Scout-oriented religious observance, preferably during Scout Week in February


  1. Work with the troop chaplain (usually an adult member of the clergy) to plan appropriate interfaith religious services during troop outings
  2. Encourage troop members to strengthen their own relationships with God through personal prayer and devotion and participation in religious activities appropriate to their faith
  3. Participate in patrol leaders council panning sessions to ensure that spiritual emphasis is included in troop activities
  4. Help the troop chaplain (or other designated adult) plan and conduct an annual Scout-oriented religious observance,. Preferably during Scout Week in February
  5. Present an overview of the religious emblems program at troop meetings at least once per year
  6. Help the troop chaplain (or other designated adult) recognize troop members who receive their religious emblems, perhaps during a troop court of honor (note: most religious emblems are conferred during a service at the Scout's place of worship, but the achievement should also be recognized at a significant troop event.)



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