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Boy Scouts is a boy-led, boy-run organization, but the boys must be trained to be leaders. One of the Scoutmaster’s most important responsibilities is to provide the direction, coaching, and training that empowers the boy with the skills he will need to lead his troop. Scouting’s value to young people is clear, but the advantages of Scouting are not limited to boys. Adults also develop leadership and physical skills with every training experience.

Training:  Every Scout deserves a trained leader.  When leaders understand Boy Scouting, they are more effective in their roles. Every leader should take both Fast Start Training and Youth Protection Training online. Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters should then take Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Basic Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS). Troop Committee Members should take Troop Committee Challenge online.

Roundtable is a monthly meeting offered by districts that gives leaders hands-on experience and provides a forum for leaders to offer and receive help from their fellow Scouters.   Roundtable is open to all parents and leaders. Roundtable meetings allow you to hear directly from the district leaders on upcoming district and council events and activities. This is a great place to ask questions and meet other parents and leaders in your area. Find a Roundtable near you.

Annual Planning:  A common element of strong units is they all have a good annual program planned a year in advance that is then shared with all families in the form of a calendar, trained leaders and the right leaders.  Attend May Roundtable to receive a copy of the council’s Program Guide, which contains valuable information on district and council programs and is an essential tool for planning.  Additional resources can be found here. is a tool prospective families use to find units to join. has a Google pin for every unit. Unit leaders can update your unit information to make it EASY for new Scouting families to find your unit by logging and looking under Unit Tools, selecting BeAScout, and then clicking on “Unit Pin Management.”Additional resources are available.

Leader Resources

Best Ideas for Outdoor Programs

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

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 grow in self-reliance and in their ability to help others.

Guide to Advancement

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

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.

Outdoor Literature

Outdoor knowledge and skills are highlighted throughout Scouting literature.

Passport to High Adventure

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

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.

Troop Program Resources

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

Troop Program Features, Volume I
Troop Program Features, Volume 2
Troop Program Features, Volume 3

Uniform Inspection Sheet

Uniform Inspection Sheet – Scout Leaders 
Uniform Inspection Sheet – Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts

Ensure that adult leaders and Scouts alike present themselves properly dressed in their uniforms.

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.

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