These helpful resources and reference materials are available to help you support your troop or team.

Guide to Advancement

The authoritative source on advancement policies and procedures and best practices for all BSA traditional programs.

Scouting Magazine

Cub Scouting/Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide 2015-2016

This planning guide is designed to help you plan roundtables that are focused on generating fun, excitement, and practical Scouting skills.
Cub Scouting/Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guides

Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews


The new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews replaces the Troop Program Features. Volume 1 (SKU 616351) and Volume 2 (SKU 616352) are now available at Volume 3 (SKU 616353) will be available in early spring. Each volume has 16 program features with a mix of topics: outdoor, sports, health and safety, citizenship and personal development, STEM, and arts and hobbies. Leaders and youth members can use these to plan exciting programs, help facilitate advancement and personal growth, and keep youth members engaged.

BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia


Th BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia presents detailed information to enable our members to wear the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.

Scouting Safely

The Boy Scouts of America has nearly a century of experience conducting high-adventure outdoor activities in a manner that is safe for all participants. A wealth of resources and information are provided to enable adult leaders and youth to help us maintain our impeccable safety record.

Troop Leader Guidebook, Volume 1

This new resource, which replaces the Scoutmaster Handbook, gives new and relatively inexperienced troop leaders an introduction to the Boy Scout program. However, leaders of all experience levels will find this resource helpful. The Troop Leader Guidebook, volume 1 (SKU 616729) is available at The appendix in itself is a valuable collection of resources and is available to download here.

Boy Scout Requirements

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The steps in the advancement system help Boy Scouts to grow in self-reliance and in their ability to help others.

Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook

This totally revamped guidebook is the most comprehensive resource available for anyone interested in or involved with the Lone Scout programs.

Poison Ivy Treatment Brochures

Zanfel Laboratories has offered to provide poison ivy treatment brochures to troops who would like to have them. The brochures appear to be helpful in identifying the particular plants and contain related information.

Uniform Inspection Sheet

Uniform Inspection Sheet - Scout Leaders  
Uniform Inspection Sheet - Boy Scout & Varsity Scouts

Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the official stance on the Boy Scouts of America's uniform policy is that shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in, regardless of whether the wearer is a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult Scouter. All Sea Scout uniforms are designed to be tucked in except youth dress whites and youth dress blues. In the past, guidelines have simply stated the uniform wearer should be neat in appearance. Neatness includes tucking in the shirt or blouse. This update will appear in related resources, such as the uniform inspection sheets, as they are revised and printed.

Wilderness Use Policy

In order to minimize human impact on fragile ecosystems, the Boy Scouts of America emphasizes these practices for all troops, teams, and crews planning to use wilderness areas.

Best Ideas for Outdoor Programs

Share your ideas for outdoor programs and view suggestions that others have submitted.

Three Ways Your Council Can Utilize Varsity Scouting

Varsity Scouting could be called the Boy Scouts of America's best-kept secret. Learn how your council or organization could use this diverse program to boost participation by older boys.

Scouting magazine

Scouting is the national family magazine for the adult leaders and committee members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boys' Life magazine

Boys' Life magazine helps make your Scouting program and your Scouts excel. Research shows that boys who subscribe to the magazine advance further, spend more time outdoors, and stay in Scouting longer than those who don't.

The Language of Scouting

The Language of Scouting provides information about the terms and style associated specifically with Scouting and grammar. Refer to this manual when preparing newsletters and other items to ensure consitent and correct use of Scouting terms.

Council High-Adventure Directory

The BSA high-adventure program directory lists council-operated high-adventure trekking programs to help units locate high-adventure programs across the nation.

The Building Blocks of Scouting

This resource puts the building blocks of Scouting into perspective, and depicts some of the materials available that help make Scouting happen.

Passport to High Adventure

Designed to help older Scouts, with guidance from their adult leaders, to plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks

Passport to High Adventure Training Outline

This training outline teaches how Scouts can plan and safely carry out council and unit high-adventure treks using Leave No Trace techniques.

Training the Chartered Organization Representative

An orientation course designed to familiarize Chartered Organization Representatives with Scoutings purpose, mission, structure, programs, and more.

Guide to Safe Scouting

The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare adult leaders to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner.

Climb on Safely

Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America's recommended procedure for organizing BSA climbing/rappelling activities.

The Principles of Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is an awareness of our impact on the environment that teaches us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets provide detailed and up-to-date information about every aspect of Scouting: our programs, awards, history, practices, and more.

Troop Program Resources

This companion piece for the Scoutmaster Handbook contains resources, forms, and ideas for providing a dynamic program for Scouts.