Whether you are a current Scouter or considering getting involved with Scouting in the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, BSA, thank-you for your commitment to shaping the lives of the youth in Lancaster and Lebanon counties.


It is easy to get started as a leader with the Pennsylvania Dutch Council, but you may be wondering where to start.  Below is a list of numerous ways that you can get involved in Scouting.  You do not have to be an Eagle Scout or have any previous Scouting experience to get begin your Scouting adventure.  There is something in Scouting for all ages.

If you are interested in getting involved with one of our local units, please, visit and follow the link for ‘Volunteers.’  You will be provided information on how to contact a local Scouting unit.

If you are interested in becoming a merit badge counselor, a district volunteer, or a council volunteer, please, contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council directly at 717-394-4063.

Why Volunteer?

Scouting volunteers come to Scouting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Plumbers, lawyers, housewives, teachers, doctors, janitors, and scientists—people from just about every occupation imaginable—are involved in leading youth to become responsible, caring, and competent citizens. They also quickly discover that Scout volunteering enables them to learn new skills and build lifelong friendships while having fun.

You Benefit, Too. 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.

Volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America enables you to work with youth to build a better future for everyone.