Updated for 2014, this pamphlet provides an overview of current BSA safety policies, procedures, and guidelines... the stepping stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.
The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through over 100 years of experience. Learn More
The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. It replaces the Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures and Advancement and Recognition Policies and Procedures, which are no longer valid. This updated edition includes Frequently Asked Questions, Internet Advancement Highlights, and a helpful Appendix.
New in this edition:
Announcement regarding the new Sustainability merit badge, which became available on July 15, 2013
Announcement regarding the January 1, 2014, change to require Cooking merit badge for the Eagle Scout rank
Special Opportunities section including new information on the Morse Code Interpreter Strip, Cyber Chip, NOVA Awards, and SuperNOVA Awards
The mission of the Order of the Arrow (OA) is to fulfill its purposes as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults. This pamphlet assists those adults by providing the approved Pre-Ordeal and Ordeal ceremonies for lodges to use. Learn More
This pamphlet provides den meeting plans developed around a Scouting program year presumed to begin in early September and continue through May. Plans are intended for the den leader’s use and include:
Programming for the program/school year, including rank advancement requirements for dens meeting twice a month
Additional programming for dens meeting year-round or more than twice per month
Activities – some designed to be partially completed in one meeting and finished in another, plus other activities or skills that are natural prerequisites for things that come later in the den’s year
Den meeting plans for each rank (designed to be conducted in sequential order)
Note: local conditions (weather, events, etc.) or your den’s schedule may make altering the order of den meetings attractive. As a den leader, you may change the order as long as you make sure the change does not jeopardize the boys’ opportunity to earn their rank in the allotted time and it doesn’t disrupt the logical order of the activities and achievements. When there is any doubt, the planned order should be used. Please discuss any changes with your leadership team, as these alterations can also affect pack activities. Learn More