These helpful resources and reference materials are available to help you support your troop or team.
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 appendix in itself is a valuable collection of resources and is available to download here.
Troop Leader Guidebook, Volume 2 – The second volume of the two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook provides additional information on for successfully leading a troop. Both volumes are for use by new and experienced Scout leaders alike.
Guide to Advancement – The authoritative source on advancement policies and procedures and best practices for all BSA traditional programs.
Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide 2016-2017 -This planning guide is designed to help you plan roundtables that are focused on generating fun, excitement, and practical Scouting skills.
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 www.scoutstuff.org. 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. The informative Appendix is available as a pdf for downloading.
BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia – The BSA Guide to Awards and Insignia presents detailed information to enable our members to wear the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
Guide to Safe Scouting – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chartered Organization Representative Guidebook – Tasks, responsibilities, and roles of the COR.
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.