Boy Scout Publications

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.
BSA Insignia Guide
Th BSA Insignia Guide presents detailed information to enable our members to wear the correct complete uniform on all suitable occasions.
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.
Uniform Inspection Sheet - Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts [PDF]
Ensure that Scouts present themselves properly dressed in their uniforms.
Boys' Life magazine
Scouts read Boys' Life magazine. Look for the regular score of fiction, comics, jokes, Scouts in Action, Gifts and Gimmicks and more in the latest issue of Boys' Life!
Wilderness Use Policy [PDF]
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.
Manual for Chaplain Aides and Chaplains
This manual will help you discover the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplain service in Boy Scout troops.
Guide to Safe Scouting
The Guide to Safe Scouting can help you to plan your unit activities in a safe and prudent manner that's consistent with the policies of the BSA.
Passport to High Adventure
This guide is designed to help Scouts and adult leaders work together to plan and safely carry out high-adventure treks.
Values Of Scouts [PDF - 1.9 MB]
Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards.
Values Of Americans [PDF - 5.9 MB]
Findings from this study indicate positive outcomes for men who were Scouts as youth and for current youth members, especially for men and boys who have been in Scouting for five or more years.
Volunteer Outcomes Study [PDF - 308 KB]
Volunteers who become involved in Scouting in order to share their skills and values with young people find learning, growth, and fulfillment in the experience.
A Year in the Life [PDF - 2.1 MB]
This independent study finds that Scouting program has positive benefits for youth, families, and communities.
Summer Camp Outcomes Study [PDF - 3.1 MB]
This study infers that positive outcomes of Scout summer camp occur because the environment and activities at camp incorporate all of the elements of healthy youth development.
Strategic Plan Research [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Two major national studies, "Reaching America's Next Multicultural Generation" and "Reaching Generation X and Millennial Parents" examine in detail how to reach these specific demographics.