Outdoor knowledge and skills are highlighted throughout Scouting literature. Publications that are most pertinent to Boy Scout outdoor activities include the following:
Boy Scout Handbook: Organized by the levels of rank advancement, the Boy Scout Handbook guides a Scout through levels of outdoor skills development leading to the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Fieldbook: The Fieldbook is a comprehensive resource providing knowledge about nature and the elements, outdoor activities, and skills. It includes sections on leadership and trek preparation, Leave No Trace, trek adventures, and appreciating our environment.
Aquatics Supervision: This leader’s guide to youth swimming and boating activities is the primary resource for all aquatic activities at the unit level.
Conservation Handbook: The Conservation Handbook is a book about caring for the Earth. It is for Scouts and BSA leaders, for parents, park rangers, land managers, and everyone else who wants to involve volunteers in projects that are good for our natural resources. While the Conservation Handbook bears the emblem of the Boy Scouts of America, its message is of value for leaders of many organizations. It is a book for anyone eager to explore environmental opportunities that can help young people become enthused stewards of the land.
Cub Scout Day Camp Administration Guide: Councils have been operating Cub Scout day camp activities for a number of years. This book is designed to help your local council manage everything from how to get started to identifying themes and schedules.
Resident Camping for Cub Scouting: Before setting up any resident camping program, review your program resources, personnel, potential participants, and activity needs.
Nationally Approved Historic Trails: The Boy Scouts of America publishes a compendium of historic trails operated by Scout councils throughout the United States.
Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping: This book provides information on camping comfortably in cold weather by wearing proper clothing, eating nutritious food, and staying hydrated. Techniques for constructing a variety of snow shelters and traveling across the snow are also featured.
Knots and How To Tie Them: This booklet describes how to tie various knots, hitches, and lashings commonly used in outdoor activities.
Guide to Advancement: The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all BSA programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.