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Here is a list of curated links to websites and article useful for Adult Leaders to read and reference so we have a shared perspective and perspective.

Essential Scouts BSA Program Resources:

The BSA has refreshed and retooled a pair of online resources for Scouts BSA volunteers.

The first is the Program Resources page. Think of it as your quick-start guide to Scouts BSA. Here, you’ll find a collection of links for starting a Scouts BSA troop, helping Scouts earn merit badges, guiding youth leaders toward more effective troop meetings and more.

  • Link: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/resources/
  • Who it’s for: Adult volunteers, parents and Scouts
  • Why it’s useful: It’s a list of official resources to help your Scouts BSA troop be the best it can be.
  • What’s there:
    • A checklist for a new Scoutmaster who might be unfamiliar with Scouts BSA
    • The main page for family Scouting, which is the BSA’s initiative to welcome all members of the family into all Scouting programs
    • A one-page, customizable document you can use at parent orientation
    • A troop resource survey, which lets you learn the skills of each troop parent to identify potential merit badge counselors and volunteers
    • The latest requirements for every merit badge
    • The complete script for an orientation for new Scout parents
    • Resources to help you plan better troop meetings
    • Information on the National Eagle Scout Association, which is essentially an alumni group of those who have earned Scouting’s highest honor

The second is the Program Updates page. This one’s for both newcomers and veterans, and it’s where the National Scouts BSA Committee posts the latest information on any changes to the program. If there’s a new program initiative, updated requirement or any change to Scouts BSA printed material, you’ll find it there first.

  • Link: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/program-updates/
  • Who it’s for: Adult volunteers, parents and Scouts
  • Why it’s useful: It’s a single place where you’ll find the latest updates or changes to Scouts BSA materials.
  • What’s there:
    • New or updated language for Scouts BSA printed materials, such as the Scouts BSA HandbookScouts BSA Requirements book or a merit badge pamphlet
    • Updated requirements for merit badges or ranks
    • Information on new Scouts BSA initiatives or opportunities



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Scouting Blog Merit badge pamphlets, leader materials on Kindle 
Scouting Blog BSA offers guidance on individual Scout accounts 
Scouting Wire First Scouting Wire Post 
Scouting Blog This troop’s excellent technology policy is based on the Scout Law 
ScoutmasterCG Limitations of Scout Leader Training 
Scouting Wire Upholding the Scout Law Online Is Just as Important as in the Real World 
Scouting Wire How to Leverage the New Features in the BSA Brand Center 
Scouting Blog Scouting is parents working together to help raise a group of kids 
Scouting Blog The Best Scouting Apps of 2016 
Scouting Blog Step by step: How to be a merit badge counselor 
Scouting Blog The Boy Scout board of review, a guide to getting started 
Scouting blog Inside the Scouter Code of Conduct, a critical checklist for adult volunteers 
Scouting Blog All about ILST: the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops 
Scouting Blog 7 useful things you’ll find at the new Troop Leader Resources website 
Scouting Blog Everyone who drives Scouts should take this free online training course 
Scouting Blog Square vs. PayPal vs. QuickBooks: Picking a credit card reader 
Scouting Blog myScouting app puts training, rosters at your fingertips 
ScoutmasterCG A New Approach to Scout Troop Planning 
Scouting Blog Eagle Scout certificates and letters you can print right now 
BoyScoutTrail Super Jen - Musings from a New Scout Leader 
Scouting Blog Getting schooled on rules for merit badge classes, fairs and universities 
Scouting Magazine Strategies to help recruit replacement leaders 
Lifehacker This Flowchart Helps You Find Your Leadership Style 
Scouting Blog Scout Planning Worksheet is a new tool to help Scouts perfect planning skills 
Karuna Badges via Facebook Do you know about the first Scout Camp? (Brownsea) 
Scouting Magazine How to master merit badges 
Scouting Magazine Prepare to head off homesickness before and during resident camp 
Scoutmaster Dave YouTube Channel Collection of Short Videos to help Scouts and Scouters 
ScoutmasterCG Helpful Articles and a great Podcast Series for Leaders 
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