Unit Support

Rainbow Council, Scouting America serving Youth and your local community

William D Boyce was the founder of the Scouting America. He was a wealthy man who took part in civil and community affairs. He learned about Scouting while stopping in London before embarking on an African expedition. 

Boyce believed in teaching Scouts to be self-reliant, resourceful, thoughtful, obedient, courageous, and more. He developed these traits into the different aspects of Scouting America and the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He found that learning through nature and self reliance pushed a person to become the strongest version of themselves. By taking foundations of rural living, and the character building challenges that only living with nature can endure.

When he founded Scouting America, he was living in Ottawa, Illinois, in his four-story mansion on approx 38 acres. He was an innovator, a philanthropist, and supporter in teaching the youth of America to become outstanding citizens. 

For that, we are proud to be one of the 13 Councils serving the State of Illinois, where William Boyce began Scouting America in the early 1900s.

Support for Special Scouts

Since its founding in 1910, Scouting America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive, was a person with a disability. We strive to provide individuals with special needs opportunities to participate to the best of their abilities in an all-inclusive Scouting program offered by Scouting America.

“Scouting helps by giving Scouts with disabilities an opportunity to prove to themselves and to others that they can do things-and difficult things too-for themselves.” – Lord Baden Powell

ScoutReach Mission

ScoutReach gives special leadership and emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. ScoutReach is Scouting America’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background.

Today, young people are faced with many challenges as they often face fragile families and disintegrating neighborhoods. ScoutReach meets the developmental needs of youth in urban settings and the housing developments. The program also focuses on the U.S. rural population, which constitutes approximately 25 percent of the total U.S. population. Some rural communities are stable and growing, whereas others are characterized by decentralized, low-density populations and/or poverty.

Scouting, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country. Scouting prepares urban and rural youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond their own self-interest.

Our biggest asset in urban and rural neighborhoods is a well-defined program based on values, learning-by-doing, fun, and positive role models. 

ScoutReach Mission Statement

To recruit strong adult leaders and to develop solid relationships with chartered organizations in urban and rural communities nationwide to ensure that culturally diverse youth have the opportunity to join the Scouting program. 


 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award

This national award is used by Councils to recognize outstanding service by an adult individual or by an organization in the development of Scouting for rural or low-income urban youth. Sometimes this award helps councils recognize “unsung heroes”—people who might not otherwise receive recognition for exceptional service to disadvantaged youth

The Spirit of Scouting Award

The Spirit of Scouting Award is designed for presentation to a noteworthy individual who has performed exceptional and unusual service to young people in urban and rural America over a long period. The award is presented to individuals at the unit level and to people of all races and income levels.

Scouting—Vale la Pena Service Award

The Scouting—Vale la Pena Service Award is used by councils to recognize Scouting volunteers, community leaders, or corporations that have had a positive impact in the service of Hispanic American/Latino youth in urban and rural communities.

Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award

The Asian American Spirit of Scouting Service Award is used by councils to recognize Scouting volunteers, community leaders, or corporations that have had a positive impact in the service of Asian American youth in urban and rural communities.

We are always looking for volunteers to help serve our youth that can most benefit from the Scouting program. To volunteer, send us an email here. If you wish to donate to Scoutreach either through gifts in kind (program supplies, uniforms, equipment, etc.) or through traditional giving, please contact our Development Team here.

Direct from Rainbow Council

We have several resources available through the Rainbow Council Service Center and the Resources portal that are council specific.

See below for specific Council forms

Insurance Forms



Resolution for 2024

2023 Annual Meeting Resolutions zip

Forms for Nominations

District Award of Merit Nomination Form

Excellence Nomination Form

Rookie Nomination Form

Silver Beaver Award Nomination Form

Trails End Popcorn Order Form

2023 Trail’s End Order Form

Incident Reporting

Did you know if anyone at your unit scouting event (Pack, Troop, or Crew) has an injury, illness, incidents or near miss requiring medical attention beyond basic first aid, you are required to file an incident report within 24 hours?

Report Abuse & Neglect

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abdicate this reporting responsibility to any other person.

As part of the Scouting America’s “Scouts First” approach to the protection and safety of youth, Scouting America has established a dedicated 24-hour helpline at 844-SCOUTS FIRST (844-726-8871) to receive reports of any known or suspected abuse or significant violations of youth protection policies that might put a youth at risk. 

You may also contact your Scout Executive of this report, or any violation of Scouting America’s Youth Protection policies, so he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications and follow up with investigating agencies. Also see Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse.

If you are a staff member of a volunteer Scout leader who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect, what should you do? (Items 1 and 2 apply to all situations, not just Scouting activities. 

1. Assure that the child is now in a safe environment. Call 911 for police intervention in an emergency.

2. You must make an immediate oral report to the local child protection service or law enforcement agency. Most law enforcement agencies now respond to 911. The local child protection service is listed in the telephone book (800 252-2873). The call can be made anonymously. Be prepared with as many details as possible. Be sure to ask about the kind of response to expect and what further action you should take if you think there is an emergency.

3. You must also make an immediate oral report to the Scout Executive or his designees (see Item #4 and #5 below). He will confirm that you have already made an oral report to the local child protection service or law enforcement agency. The Scout Executive or his designee then becomes responsible for making a report.

4. If you are unable to reach the Scout Executive, you must then contact the 2nd contact listed below.

5. If you are unable to reach any of the above, contact one of the Council Youth Protection Champion (see contact names and numbers below).

6. You must also prepare a written report with as many details as possible and submit this report to the Scout Executive as soon as possible. The information in this report will be made available to the agency responding to your oral report of child abuse or neglect. Do not investigate; just write down what you know about the situation. The Scout Executive (or his designee) will assist you with the preparation of this report, if needed. This information will also be used by the Scout Executive to make a proper report to the national registration services of Scouting America.

7. “Reason to Believe” means evidence which if presented to individuals of similar background and training would cause those individuals to believe that a child was abused or neglected. Under no circumstances are you to investigate or ask others to look into it. Confidentiality is a must as well as immediate reporting. When in doubt, report.

If the child reports to you they have been a victim of child abuse or neglect, you must make an immediate oral report. Additionally, if you have reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect, even if the child hasn’t reported anything to you, you must make an immediate oral report.

If you think a child “may” be a victim of child abuse or neglect, but you are not sure if you have “reason to believe” that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect, you may wish to discuss the matter with the Scout Executive, before making a report. When in doubt, report.

A child is anyone under age 18. The perpetrator (abuser) may be a child or an adult of any age.

8. A person, other than a person accused of child abuse or neglect, which makes a report of a child who may be a victim of child abuse or neglect is immune from any civil actions. However, immunity does not attach for any person who has acted maliciously or in bad faith. A person making a report that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect or assisting in any requirement of this chapter (of the law) is presumed to have acted in good faith.

9. Following is a list of telephone numbers you will need:

Ted Karns, Scout Executive
Office:  815-942-4450 ext. 900
Cell:     708-471-7335
10. Do not make a statement of any kind to the media about the investigation. Should you be called by a reporter, tell him or her that you are unauthorized to speak on this issue and refer him/her to the following council staff members who will follow the council crisis communications plan:
Required Training
  • Youth Protection training is required for all registered volunteers and is a joining requirement.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be re-registered.
  • Download the How-To Guide for taking Youth Protection Training 
The “three R’s” of Youth Protection

The “three R’s” of Youth Protection convey a simple message for the personal awareness of our youth members:

  • Recognize that anyone could be an abuser.
  • Respond when someone is doing something that goes against your gut or against the safety guidelines.
  • Report attempted or actual abuse or any activity that you think is wrong to a parent or other trusted adult.
Youth Protection Reporting Procedures for Volunteers

There are two types of Youth Protection–related reporting procedures all volunteers must follow:

  • When you witness or suspect any child has been abused or neglected—See “Mandatory Report of Child Abuse” below.
  • When you witness a violation of Scouting America’s Youth Protection policies—See “Reporting Violations of Youth Protection Policies” below.
Reporting Violations of Youth Protection Policies

If you think any of the Youth Protection policies have been violated, including those described within Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse, you must notify your local council Scout executive or his/her designee so appropriate action can be taken for the safety of our Scouts.

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse
  1. Ensure the child is in a safe environment.
  2. In cases of child abuse or medical emergencies, call 911 immediately. In addition, if the suspected abuse is in the Scout’s home or family, you are required to contact the local child abuse hotline.
  3. Notify the Scout executive or his/her designee.
Click here to download  the Incident Information Form.

Click here to learn more about incident reporting.


Protección Juvenil

No necesita ser un miembro registrado o tener una identificación como miembro para tomar el curso de capacitación en Protección Juvenil.

Para tomar el curso de capacitación en Protección Juvenil vaya a MyScouting.org y cree una cuenta.

Desde el portal MyScouting.org, haga clic en E-Learning y tome el curso de capacitación en Protección Juvenil.

Una vez que haya terminado, puede imprimir un certificado de finalización para entregar con su solicitud para ser voluntario o entregar el certificado de finalización al líder de la unidad para que sea procesado en el concilio local.

Una vez que su solicitud para ser voluntario sea aprobada, recibirá una tarjeta Scouting America de membresía que incluye su número de membresía. Después de recibir su tarjeta, vuelva a ingresar a MyScouting, haga clic en Mi Perfil y actualice el sistema ingresando su número de membresía. Esto vinculará sus registros de capacitación en Protección juvenil y otros cursos de capacitación dentro de MyScouting a su membresía.

La organización Scouting America tiene como prioridad crear el entorno más seguro posible para nuestros jóvenes miembros. Para mantener dicho entorno, Scouting America ha desarrollado numerosas políticas de procedimiento y de selección de líderes, y proporciona a los padres de familia y líderes recursos para los programas Cub ScoutScouts y Venturing.

Selección de líderes

La organización Scouting America se enorgullece de la calidad de nuestros líderes adultos. Ser un líder en Scouting America es un privilegio, no un derecho. La calidad del programa y la seguridad de nuestros miembros juveniles requiere líderes adultos de alta calidad. Trabajamos muy de cerca con nuestras organizaciones autorizadas para ayudar a reclutar a los mejores líderes posibles para sus unidades.

La solicitud para adultos requiere información sobre antecedentes que deberá ser revisada por el comité de la unidad o la organización autorizada antes de aceptar a un candidato como líder de unidad. Aunque no existen en la actualidad técnicas de investigación de antecedentes que puedan identificar cada posible agresor o pederasta, podemos reducir el riesgo de aceptar a un agresor al conocer todo lo posible sobre un candidato para un cargo de liderazgo, su experiencia con los niños o por qué él o ella quiere ser un líder Scout y qué técnicas de disciplina usaría él o ella.

A partir del 1 de junio, 2010

  • La capacitación en Protección Juvenil es obligatoria para todos los voluntarios registrados de Scouting America, sin importar cuál sea su cargo.

  • Se requiere que los nuevos líderes tomen el curso de capacitación en Protección Juvenil antes de que remitan una solicitud para registrarse. El certificado de finalización para dicha capacitación debe remitirse al mismo tiempo que se presente la solicitud y antes de que comience el servicio como voluntario con los jóvenes.

  • La capacitación en Protección Juvenil debe realizarse cada dos años. Si el registro sobre Protección Juvenil de un voluntario no está vigente al momento de la renovación del estatuto, no se registrará al voluntario.

  • Obtenga más información sobre este cambio en inglés  y español. 

Scouting's Barriers to Abuse

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse are published in the Guide to Safe Scouting and the online version is maintained as the most current.  Frequently-asked questions are also addressed in this FAQ.

Youth Protection Infographic
Download  the Scouting America’s Youth Protection infographic  to see how Scouting’s barriers to abuse help keep youth safe. 

Download the Bullying Prevention Guide Digital Privacy. 

A key ingredient for a safe and healthy Scouting experience is the respect for privacy. Advances in technology are enabling new forms of social interaction that extend beyond the appropriate use of cameras or recording devices (see “Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse”). Sending sexually explicit photographs or videos electronically or “sexting” by cell phones is a form of texting being practiced primarily by young adults and children as young as middle-school age. Sexting is neither safe, nor private, nor an approved form of communication and can lead to severe legal consequences for the sender and the receiver. Although most campers and leaders use digital devices responsibly, educating them about the appropriate use of cell phones and cameras would be a good safety and privacy measure. To address cyber-safety education, Scouting America has introduced the age- and grade-specific Cyber Chip program, which addresses topics including cyberbullying, cell-phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft. Check it out.

Scouting America Social Media Guidelines

Although using social media is not a Scouting activity, their use to connect with others interested in Scouting can be a very positive experience. But the creation and maintenance of these channels requires forethought, care, and responsibility. Read more about the Scouting America Social Media Guidelines here .

Key Resources

Guide to Safe Scouting
Single source of information for safe scouting. The guide is designed for adult leaders; topics include Youth Protection, Health and Safety and Reporting information. Frequently-asked questions are also addressed in the Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs.How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide
These booklets are a basic resource to help parents understand how child abuse happens and keep their children safe. Exercises for parents and children are included. Several versions of the booklets are available:

Personal Safety Awareness Meeting Guide (Venturing Program)
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators’ use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.Cyber Chip
To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, Scouting America introduces the Cyber Chip. The Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources includes grade-specific videos for each level.Bullying Awareness
These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by Scouting America and other entities we work with to protect children.Youth Protection Champions
To address the need for Youth Protection–specific volunteers at all levels, the Scouting America has implemented its new Youth Protection Champions program. These volunteer champions will be the key drivers of Youth Protection at their assigned levels.Camp Leadership … A Guide for Camp Staff and Unit Leaders 
Brochure for unit leaders and camp staff who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy camp setting where Scouts are free from the worries of child abuse.

Scouting America offers assistance with counseling to any Scout, former Scout, or family member of any Scout who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. Individuals can email scouthelp@scouting.org or call toll free at 855-295-1531.State Statutes on Child Welfare 
Reporting requirements for child abuse differ from state to state. The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources on a variety of topics, including state statutes on child abuse. This site is not operated by the Scouting America.

NEW Youth-on-Youth Training Materials

Scouting America places the greatest importance on creating the safest environment possible for our youth members. To that end, Scouting America’s ScoutingU has created some additional Youth Protection training to professionals, volunteers, and leaders regarding the prevention of youth-on-youth incidents that might occur within the context of Scouting, especially in a camping or overnight setting. It is designed to help prepare adult leaders to prevent and appropriately respond to these incidents.This informational document with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for leaders, parents, volunteers, and professionals should be delivered at the council, district, or unit level by a Youth Protection Champion, training chair, district chair, district executive, or other appropriate Scout leader to leaders for camping and overnight activities.Suggested training opportunities include:

  • Existing facilitator-led Youth Protection training sessions
  • Pre-camp leaders’ meetings for summer camp and first-time leaders’ meetings at all outings
  • Camp schools
  • Scout executives’ and district executives’ trainings on responding to youth protection incidents
  • Other training events that include the “Youth Protection Training for Volunteer Leaders and Parents” DVD

Camp Staff Understanding and Preventing Youth on Youth 20181217 
Camp Staff Youth on Youth Facilitators Guide 20181217 

Barreras contra el abuso dentro de Scouting

La organización Scouting America ha adoptado las siguientes políticas para proporcionar seguridad adicional a nuestros miembros. Dichas políticas son principalmente para proteger a nuestros jóvenes miembros; sin embargo, también sirven para proteger a nuestros líderes adultos de falsas acusaciones de abuso.

  • Liderazgo dos a cargo. Para todos los viajes y salidas se requieren dos líderes adultos registrados, o un líder registrado y ya sea el padre de uno de los participantes u otro adulto, entre los cuales uno debe tener 21 años de edad o más. La organización autorizada es responsable de garantizar que se proporcione suficiente liderazgo para todas las actividades.
  • Se prohíbe el contacto uno a uno 
    No se permite el contacto uno a uno entre los adultos y los jóvenes. En situaciones en las que se requiera una conferencia personal, tal como una conferencia Scoutmaster, la reunión debe llevarse a cabo a plena vista de los demás adultos y niños.
  • Respeto a la privacidad . Los líderes adultos deben respetar la privacidad de los miembros jóvenes en situaciones tales como al cambiarse de ropa y ducharse en los campamentos, e intervenir sólo en caso de que la salud o la seguridad lo requieran. Los adultos deben proteger su propia privacidad en situaciones similares.
  • Cámaras, imágenes y aparatos digitales . Mientras que la mayoría de los campistas y líderes usan cámaras y otros aparatos digitales con responsabilidad, se ha vuelto muy fácil el invadir la privacidad de los individuos. Es inapropiado utilizar cualquier aparato capaz de grabar o transmitir imágenes visuales en las duchas, baños u otras áreas en donde los participantes anticipan privacidad.
  • Alojamientos separados. Al ir de campamento, no se permite que ningún joven duerma en la tienda de campaña de un adulto que no sea su propio padre/madre o tutor. Se recomienda encarecidamente que los concilios tengan regaderas y letrinas exclusivas para las mujeres. En caso de que esto no sea factible, se deben programar y especificar los horarios para el uso de las regaderas para los varones y las mujeres.
  • Preparación adecuada para actividades de aventura extrema. Las actividades con elementos de riesgo nunca deberán realizarse sin el equipo, preparación, indumentaria, supervisión y medidas de seguridad adecuados.
  • No se permiten las organizaciones secretas. Scouting America no reconoce ninguna organización secreta como parte de su programa. Todos los aspectos del programa Scouting están abiertos a la observación de los padres de familia y los líderes.
  • Indumentaria adecuada . La indumentaria adecuada es obligatoria para todas las actividades. Por ejemplo, nadar desnudo no es apropiado como parte de Scouting.
  • Disciplina constructiva . La disciplina utilizada en el programa Scouting deberá ser constructiva y reflejar los valores de Scouting. El castigo corporal no se permite bajo ninguna circunstancia.
  • Se prohíben las novatadas . Las novatadas físicas e iniciaciones están prohibidas y no se pueden incluir como parte de ninguna actividad Scouting.
  • Capacitación y supervisión de los líderes juveniles . Los líderes adultos deben vigilar y guiar las técnicas de liderazgo utilizadas por los líderes juveniles para asegurarse de que se sigan las políticas Scouting America.
  • Responsabilidades de los miembros . Se espera que todos los miembros de Scouting America se comporten de acuerdo a los principios establecidos por el Juramento y la Ley Scout. La violencia física, novatadas, intimidación, robo, insultos, drogas y alcohol no tienen cabida en el programa Scouting y pueden dar como resultado la revocación de la membresía de un Scout en la unidad.
  • Responsabilidades de la unidad . El encargado de la organización autorizada o su representante y el concilio local deben aprobar el registro del líder adulto de la unidad. Los líderes adultos de las unidades Scouting son responsables de vigilar el comportamiento de los miembros juveniles y de interceder cuando sea necesario. Los padres de familia de los miembros juveniles que se comporten inadecuadamente, deben ser informados y se les solicita su ayuda para tratar el asunto.
Privacidad digital

Un ingrediente clave para una experiencia Scouting segura y saludable es el respeto a la privacidad. Los avances en la tecnología están permitiendo nuevas formas de interacción social que van más allá del uso apropiado de cámaras o aparatos de grabación (ver “Barreras contra el abuso dentro de Scouting”). Enviar fotografías o videos sexualmente explícitos o “sexting” vía teléfonos celulares es una forma de enviar mensajes de texto que los jóvenes y los niños, incluso de secundaria, están practicando. Sexting no es seguro, ni privado, ni una forma de comunicación aprobada y ello puede acarrear consecuencias legales graves tanto para el que envía el mensaje como para quien lo recibe. Aunque la mayoría de los campistas y líderes utilizan los aparatos digitales de manera responsable, educarlos sobre el uso apropiado de los teléfonos celulares y cámaras es una buena mediad de seguridad y privacidad.

Las “tres R” de Protección juvenil

Las “tres R” de Protección juvenil transmiten un mensaje sencillo a los jóvenes miembros:

  • Reconocer situaciones que te ponen en riesgo de sufrir abuso, cómo operan los agresores, y que cualquiera puede ser un agresor infantil.
  • Resistir atención no deseada e inapropiada. Resistirse detendrá la mayoría de los intentos de abuso.
  • Reportar cualquier abuso o intento de abuso a tus padres u otros adultos de confianza. Esto previene que siga el abuso y ayuda a proteger a otros niños. Hágale saber al Scout que él o ella no será culpado por lo que ha ocurrido.
Recursos claves

Estatutos estatales sobre bienestar infantil

Los requisitos para reportar el abuso infantil varían de estado a estado. El sitio Child Welfare Information Gateway le proporciona acceso a información y recursos en varios temas, incluyendo estatutos estatales en abuso infantil. Este sitio no es operado por Scouting America.

Guía para un Scouting seguro

El propósito de la Guía para un Scouting seguro es preparar a los líderes adultos a realizar actividades Scouting de manera segura y prudente.

A mí me pasó: Guía para la junta Cub Scout

Guías para el coordinador. Una carta muestra para los padres y tutores así como las guías en inglés y español para uso de los coordinadores cuando muestren el video apropiado a la edad para prevenir el abuso sexual.

Hora de contarlo: Guía para la junta de tropa

Guías para el coordinador. Guías en inglés y español para uso de los coordinadores cuando muestren el video apropiado a la edad para prevenir el abuso sexual.

Guía para las Juntas de Concientización sobre Seguridad Personal (Programa Venturing)

Guías para el coordinador. Una carta muestra para los padres y tutores así como las guías en inglés y español para uso de los coordinadores cuando muestren el video apropiado a la edad para prevenir el abuso sexual.

Cuestionario sobre Protección Juvenil

Si sus participantes desean completar la capacitación sobre Protección Juvenil dentro de la sesión impartida, entonces necesitará imprimir y supervisar que respondan este cuestionario junto con la Guía para el coordinador.

Liderazgo en el campamento…. Una guía para el personal de campamento y líderes de unidad

Folleto para los líderes de unidad y personal de campamento que son responsables de proporcionar un entorno seguro y saludable para acampar, en donde los Scouts no se preocupen por el abuso infantil.