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Volunteer

Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences—plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists—all involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens.

Whether you wish to volunteer your time with elementary school-age boys or middle and high school-age youth, the Boy Scouts of America has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you. In addition to the reward of working with youth, through volunteering for Scouts you will:

  • Develop a greater level of pride in your community.
  • Have the opportunity to demonstrate moral and ethical decisions.
  • Build a closer bond with your children and other children in the community.
  • Become a better role model image for youth in your community.
  • Develop a more personal relationship with God.

Through volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, you will work with youth to build a better future for everyone.

Scouting is provided locally in neighborhoods across the country through churches, community organizations, or other groups of interested citizens. 


Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone. To learn more about how volunteering helps youth, please read the Volunteer Outcomes StudyExternal Link.
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone. To learn more about how volunteering helps youth, please read the Volunteer Outcomes StudyExternal Link.
Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone. To learn more about how volunteering helps youth, please read the Volunteer Outcomes StudyExternal Link.

How to help Scouting in Upstate New York

Scouting has many opportunities for you to help youth in our area.  

Local Units

Local units are always looking for responsible and mature individuals who would like to help out as leaders.  You could join a unit committee or become an assistant leader in the unit.  To find a local unit use our unit search tool.

District and Council Level

The programs and services provided by the Council would never happen without the dedication of the volunteers on numerous committees.  If you are currently a volunteer, or are interested in joining the organization, and you have interests and skills that can contribute to our committees that include:

Camping, Membership Recruitment and Retention, Markerting, Property Management, Health and Risk Management, Advancement, Training and Education, Event Planning, as well as many other administrative committees.  

Contact us at the Council office to learn more.   Call 1-855-SCOUT-NY.

Support our Council Office

Would you be willing and able to volunteer for part of a day each week?  We are looking for help at the Albany Service Center to enter advancements, trainings & membership, answer phones, make copies, just about any office function you can think of doing.  This opportunity is flexible, you could volunteer once a week, once every other week, what ever works for you.  Don't worry about learning the software, we can teach you how it works.

What a great way to help out our community.  Scouting needs you and your talents.

If you are interested in joining the Service Center Volunteer Corp, please contact Ruth LaCoss at 518-869-6436 x38.

Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone. To learn more about how volunteering helps youth, please read the Volunteer Outcomes StudyExternal Link.
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