New Leaders

Welcome to scouting! We’re so happy you decided to become a leader in your scouting unit. Here are some resources for you to help you get started.


Cub Scout Leaders – contact Alana Seddon,
Boy Scout Leaders – contact Harvey Geary,
Venture Crew Leaders – contact Tim Mading,

Step 1:

Register as a leader by completing the Adult Volunteer Registration form at the Gateway Area Council office.

Step 2:

Complete Youth Protection Training – this is required for all leaders in scouting. It can be done online at your convenience, or at one of our Roundtable Meetings. It takes about 20 minutes. To complete this training online, create an account on From there, you’ll see a link to take the youth protection training.

Step 3:

Complete additional training specific to your leadership position. Most of this is available online:

Here is a summary page of what training is required to become a Trained Leader.  Course Listing for Training

Step 4:

Review your leader guides (available for purchase at the scout office) and begin to plan for your scouting activities. Keep in mind that everything you need to do a great job is already in print and available for you.  If you have trouble finding things, contact one of us above on this page, or your council office, and let us help you. Cub Scouts; Boy Scouts & Crews vol. 1; Boy Scouts & Crews vol. 2;

Step 5:

Attend monthly Roundtable meetings to get new ideas, additional training opportunities, meet other leaders who can help you, and gain the support you need to do the best you can for your youth!

Step 6:

Learn more about what makes a unit excellent by planning your year according to the Journey to Excellence program and Scorecard (download by unit type – Pack, Troop, Crew).