Explaining the Role of the Chaplain Aide

Chaplain Aide is another leadership position within a Troop. The Chaplain Aide assists the troop chaplain (usually an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in serving the religious needs of the troop. For helpful information, look at the Scouting Manual for Chaplains and Chaplain Aides. The main responsibility of Chaplain Aide is:

“They lead the troop in opening or closing prayer and mealtime blessings. Chaplain aides ensure that religious holidays are considered during the troop’s program planning process and promotes the BSA’s religious emblems program.”

Boy Scouts of America Troop Leader Resources

Other responsibilities of the Chaplain Aide is:

  • assists the troop chaplain with religious services at troop activities
  • encourages troop members to strengthen their own relationships with God through personal prayer and devotion and participation in religious activities appropriate to their faith
  • tells Scouts about the Religious Emblems program for their faith at least once a year
  • helps recognize troop members who receive their religious emblems, (such as at a court of honor)
  • makes sure religious holidays are considered during the troop program planning process
  • helps plan for religious observance in troop activities
  • encourages saying grace at meals while camping or at other activities
  • helps promote annual Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath
  • sets a good example
  • wears the Scout uniform correctly
  • lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • shows Scout spirit

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