FAQ

While we will try to have a lot of your possible questions answered here on the FAQ page, there will be questions we have not thought about.  If you can’t find the answers you need, please Contact Us or check here at the National website for more FAQs.

  1. How can I register my son in Scouting? BeAScout.org or check out our “Units” page.
  2. What is the District Number for Huguenot Trail? Each District within Heart of Virginia Council has a unique number code for quick identification signified by the first 2 numbers of that District’s units. Huguenot Trail’s number is “18”.
  3. What is Heart of Virginia Council’s Number? All Council’s within BSA are given a unique number code for quick identification by National. HOVC’s number is “602”.
  4. Who can attend Round Table? Everyone! All Unit leaders are invited to attend this valuable monthly meeting. Check out our “Round Table” page to find out when and where.
  5. How do I find out who my Unit Commissioner is? Please click the “Units” tab at on the menu bar for a complete listing of Unit Commissioners and their assigned units.
  6. What does it mean to be a “Trained Leader”? Click here.
  7. What training should I have for my Scout position to be “Fully Trained”?
    Click here for Fully trained information.
  8. I’m a new leader, how quickly am I required to be fully trained in my position? Immediately. We require leaders to be fully trained before they can be registered in the position. Youth Protection Training is online. The position-specific training is offered multiple times and places so, with planning you’ll be trained to deliver a quality program to your youth as quickly as possible.
  9. Are there different Youth Protection Training requirements for different leadership positions in Scouting? Yes, there is different Youth Protection training. The definitive answer is at the BSA National website. The Training>Youth Protection link outlines all the current policy and methods for achieving our goals. Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop and Varsity Team: take Youth Protection Training course YO1. YO2 or YO3 will NOT count towards training leaders in these units. Venturing Crews should take course YO2. Explorer posts should take YO3.
  10. Who is considered the “Top Leader” for a Scouting Unit? The “Top Leader” is the single “direct contact leader” for a unit. For a Pack, this is the Cubmaster. For a troop, this is the Scoutmaster. For a team, this is the Varsity Team Coach. For a crew, this is the Venturing Crew Adviser. For a ship, this is the Skipper.
  11. Who is considered a  “Direct Contact Leader”? This is defined by your registered official position within the unit. If you are registered as one of the following, you are a “direct contact leader”.
    Cubmaster
    Asst. Cubmaster
    Den leaders for all ranks
    Asst. Den leaders for all ranks
    Scoutmasters
    Asst. Scoutmasters
    Leader of 11-year-olds **LDS Troops only
    Varsity Coaches
    Asst. Varsity Coaches
    Crew Advisors
    Associate Crew Advisors
    Skippers
    Mates
  12. How do I find out what my BSA ID # is?
    1.
    Look on the bottom of your registration card. There are three numbers: “602” is the number of the Heart of Virginia Council, a one or two digit number indicates your District (“18” is Huguenot Trail District), and then a number with as many as 8-9 digits is your BSA ID #.
    2. Find the person in your unit who has a copy of your recharter roster. The roster lists everyone registered to the unit and includes their BSA ID #.
    3. Contact your District Commissioner. They have access to records.
    4. Lastly, call the HOV Council office and they can look it up for you.
  13. Why on earth do I need to fill out a form every time I change leadership position? I’m already in the system as a leader! Good question! The reason being that BSA does not own it’s units. They are “own” by the Chartered Organization and administer by District and Council staff. That being said, whenever someone wants to join or change leadership positions, the Chartered Organization must approve the change with a signature on your membership form. Nothing at the scout office can be done without that signature of approval. The only time a leader may change leadership roles without a form and signature is during ReCharter when it can be changed in the ReCharter program however, the Chartered Organization must still sign off on the final ReCharter draft acknowledging the change.

If your questions have not been answered by our FAQ page, please Contact Us and let us know what questions you have.