Q/A Registered Volunteer vs. SAF Alumni Affiliate

Q/A Registered Volunteer vs. SAF Alumni Affiliate

Q: What is the difference between a registered volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America and a SAF affiliate?

A: Affiliates of the SAF do not need to register with the BSA in order to be part of SAF. However, in order to serve the BSA in a volunteer capacity, one must register, undergo a background check, and meet the BSA’s membership standards.

SAF affiliates are not members of the Boy Scouts of America and therefore do not receive the same privileges and access to Scouting events as registered volunteers. In addition, a council may limit the participation of SAA affiliates at the council's discretion. The following examples should give further clarification of the difference between the possible roles of alumni affiliate and registered volunteer.

A SAF AFFILIATE MAY:

  • Attend an alumni networking event
  • Assist with a council service project or Eagle project in the community
  • Be a guest speaker at a unit meeting
  • Serve on an Eagle Scout Board of Review 

A SAF AFFILIATE MUST BE A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE BSA TO:

  • Serve on camp staff
  • Go on a campout with a local unit
  • Serve as a merit badge counselor
  • Work directly with Scouting youth


Last revised May 10, 2016