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Scouts BSA Troop 631 -- Troops 631 (yes, we have a Troop for girls too) -- are sponsored by Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia.  Troop 631 was chartered in 1969 to provide training in personal development, leadership, and patriotism to students at and around Woodward Academy, a nationally recognized private College Prep School in College Park, Georgia -- new Troop 631 is established in 2019 as a Scouts BSA Troop for girls.  Both Troops 631 are in the Southern Crescent District of the Atlanta Area Council, which has a Scout Volunteer Service Center and Shops to serve Parents and Leaders (or see this link for the closest store).  For more information, contact the Scoutmaster of the Troop of Boys, or the Scoutmaster and key leaders of the Troop of Girls.  You may also contact our Chartered Organization Representative from Woodward Academy with any questions.  And attached is the 2019 Edition of the Troop Handbook (for a comparison to the prior 2013 version posted here, email the Chair). 

Youth Membership.

  • First, registration and payment with the BSA -- these are the instructions for those new to the BSA (not currently registered with the BSA for the current calendar year)
    1. Boys: If you are new to Scouting, click this link for Troop 631 for boys, or Girls: Click this link for Troop 631 for girls.  
    2. It will ask whether you're registering for yourself (as an adult volunteer) or for your child.  We do want adult volunteers (more below), so for now, click "Start" under "Youth".
    3. It will ask of the child is a current or former Scout ... if "yes", it will ask for your BSA ID Number, maybe to transfer a current paid registration.  If you don't know that number, email membership@atlanta631.mytroop.us and we'll try to sort it out for you (if you're in the Pack 631 Roster, click on your Name, and you'll see the BSA ID Number).  If you don't have that, not, click "No" (if you are moving from another Pack, we can sort that out later easily).
    4. That takes you to a "Tell Us About Your Child" page, and from there, follow the prompts, enter the information, set up a "My.Scouting" account (please save your Username and Password), and checkout and pay for your Scout Registration Fee and Boy's Life Subscription through the remainder of this Calendar Year -- but if you are transferring from a Cub Scout Pack or another BSA Troop, enter the youth BSA Number (transfers of paid registrations are free). 
  • Alternate registration and payment with the BSA -- these are the instructions for those currently registered with the BSA for the current calendar year
    1. If you are transferring or "crossing over" from a Unit where you are registered with the BSA for the current calendar year -- and this includes those registered with the BSA in Pack 631 -- you can save the registration fee the online form will require if you complete this hard copy Application.
    2. You can type some there, then print, complete, sign and deliver the signed original as directed by apps_and_health_forms@atlanta631.mytroop.us.
    3. After you email that address, deliver the original completed signed copy as directed, because for those we need the original completed signed copy in hand to complete the registration.
  • Second, signup and payment here for other Scouting Costs.  Troop Dues are paid on a "program year" basis that tracks the school year, so those joining in the summer and fall pay for a full year; those joining in the winter and spring would pay a fair portion of the annual dues (contact chair@atlanta631.mytroop.us for that amount), but for Cub Scouts "crossing over" in the winter or spring, if they are paid in full with their former Pack, they are free of dues through that summer.   
  • Transfer from a Scout Troop.  If you are transferring from another another Scouts BSA Troop (not needed if you're coming from a Cub Scout Pack), this Transfer Form is recommended if you have advancement records to transfer (this is not needed when coming from a Cub Scout Pack or if you have no advancement records).  A Troopmaster transfer works too.  

Adult Leaders.  See below (forms are linked and attached below for your convenience):

    • Youth Protection Training.  if you do not have a current BSA registration number with current -- within two years (and it must be the new version that launched on February 1, 2018) -- "Youth Protection Training", your Adult Application needs to be coupled with evidence of completion of "Youth Protection Training" by taking the course at my.scouting.org.  For more on how to take Youth Protection Training On Line, see our Adult Leader Training Page for how to access https://my.scouting.org/.
    • Adult Application.  Now online. Here's how. 
      1. For the Boys Troop: Click this link for Troop 631 for boys, or For the Girls Troop: Click this link for Troop 631 for girls.   (Or, if you are transferring or "crossing over" from a Unit where you are registered and paid for the current year, or want to be in one or both of our Units while staying in the prior unit, you can save the end of year registration fee if you complete this hard copy Application - you can type some there, then print, complete, sign on two pages and deliver the signed original as directed by apps_and_health_forms@atlanta631.mytroop.us, because for those we need the original in hand)
      2. It will ask whether you're registering for yourself (as an adult volunteer) or for your child, so click "Start" under "Adult".
      3. That takes you to a series of pages for Basic and Background Information (the BSA runs background checks), so follow the prompts, enter the information, set up a "My.Scouting" account, and checkout and pay for your BSA Registration Fee through the remainder of this Calendar Year.
      4. If you do not have a current BSA registration number with current -- within two years -- "Youth Protection Training", as shown at https://my.scouting.org/, your Adult Application will prompt you to complete "Youth Protection Training" by taking the course at https://my.scouting.org/).  If you do it online now (or have done it before on the same my.scouting.org profile), you should sync up right away in the online Adult Application.  If you want to print the YPT Certificate, at the end of the Course it will ask you for your "Council", and ours is "Atlanta Area Council", then enter your name on the final page, and 631 as the unit number, and follow the instructions to Print the Certificate. 

There is no "dues" cost to being a Leader; Leader fees are covered in the Troop Dues, so contact the Treasurer at treasurer@atlanta631.mytroop.us for a reimbursement.     

    • If you "used to be registered" but dropped (for example, for adults, for failure to keep Youth Protection Training up to date, or you were in the Pack but didn't register with the Troop) ... yeah, you've got to start over with a new Adult Application and current YPT evidence.  Sorry!
    • If you're appling to be a leader in both Troops, do the first Application on line, and when you have a BSA Membership Number, then do a second paper Adult Application where you complete the bottom as a "Multiple" registration that has your BSA Membership Number - you can type information there, then print, complete, sign on two pages and deliver the signed original, and contact apps_and_health_forms@atlanta631.mytroop.us to find out where to deliver the original signed application must be submitted (sorry, copies and emails don't work). 
  • For those who will be Merit Badge Counselors too, please complete and sign an Adult Merit Badge Counselor Application ... if you're not currently a Merit Badge Counselor, this also needs another Adult Application (so make a copy and sign two of them so that you're registered as a Troop ASM or Committee Member and a Merit Badge Counselor as well).  This also needs  current Youth Protection compliance (see above) ... 
    • If you're already a Merit Badge Counselor now and you are just adding new Merit Badges, just complete and sign a new Adult Merit Badge Counselor Application and write "Supplemental Merit Badges" on top of your application.  
    • More on Merit Badge Counseling is here -- Merit Badges are not Cub Scout Belt Loops or Activity Pins!