Welcome New Scouts BSA Parents/Leaders

Being a volunteer in Scouting is rewarding, both to the adult and the youth being served. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of a child's life. See below for help with getting you started on your adventure.

What District Am I In?

The San Diego-Imperial Council is divided into geographic regions known as districts. Each district is led by local volunteers and professional staff who are aware of the opportunities and needs in their local community. To help you determine your local district we have provided the tool below.

Locate a District site by ZIP Code

If your ZIP Code is not listed, please contact the council office.

Adult Application Process

All youth serving adult volunteers are required to fill out an application and submit to a background check. Ask your unit for an application form, download the form from the National Council website, or pick one up at the San Diego-Imperial Council Headquarters, 1207 Upas Street, San Diego CA 92103.

All adult applicants must complete Youth Protection Training prior to turning in the application. Please attach a copy of the completion certificate to the application.

Youth Protection Training

Youth safety is the No. 1 concern of the Boy Scouts of America. It is important to implement this training at all levels of the organization. The BSA is always re-evaluating and reassessing its policies to ensure the safest youth program and the best training are offered. The BSA's Youth Protection Training has been in existence long enough for it to be understood and accepted as a mandated training for all registered BSA adult volunteers.

Youth Protection Training must be renewed every two years.

Training Opportunities

All adult leadership opportunities require position specific training in addition to Youth Protection. All direct-contact leaders are required to complete basic training in order for their units to recharter each year. Direct-contact leaders include: Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster. Studies have shown a positive correlation between a successful and thriving unit, and a trained adult leadership staff.

Training opportunities are available in a number of ways:

  • Online via my.Scouting.
  • Visit the San Diego-Imperial Council Training pages for more information and a complete list of online and in-person courses.

Uniform Insignia and Award Placement

When a Scout joins their troop, and later as they advance in rank, they will have insignia and awards that will be afixed to their uniform. The Uniform Insignia and Award Placement guide shows where each of these items are placed on the Scout's uniform.

The Uniform Insignia and Award Placement guide also proper placement of insignia on an adult leader's uniform.

The rest of this page is still under construction. Check back later.