The Northeast Illinois Council is proud do be supported by over 3,000 volunteers annually.  These dedicated volunteers and “Scouters” (an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America) provide the backbone to everything we do. The Boy Scouts of America was founded as an all-volunteer organization.  Although each council provides some professional staff support, it is still a volunteer-driven organization, founded on service and dedication to the aims and methods of Scouting. In order to further the mission of Scouting, we need your help. How would you like to be a part of our program? This should get you started:

Would you like to find a “unit” (crew, pack, post, troop or ship) to help at the local level?

You can find a unit in your area by entering your zipcode at BeAScout.scouting.org/volunteer.

You can also contact our Field Assistant at the Northeast Illinois Council for more information.

What are my first steps in becoming an adult volunteer?

You must first complete our Youth Protection Training before an application can be submitted to the Boy Scouts of America for adult membership.  More information on Youth Protection Training can be found under our Training tab.

How do I get an adult application?

If you are going to be working with a unit, you will need to get a self-duplicating adult application from the unit leader (You can see what one looks like here), which includes your agreement to allow us to generate a Criminal Background Check along with your completed Youth Protection Training Certificate.   These will be submitted to the Northeast Illinois Council by your unit leader.

If you will be serving as a council-level volunteer, you can pick up your adult application in the Northeast Illinois Council Service Center.