Ethics in Scouting: Resources

Much of the following information was provided by USSSP's Bill Nelson to Scouts-L on January 12, 1998. It is such a good listing of resources that I thought you would like to have it here as a ready reference. My thanks to Bill for putting the list together and to Lew Orans for providing additional references.

Resources and references that discuss BSA values and ethics.

Maintaining BSA Standards The Scout Oath and Law are not up for negotiation. Our values are not for sale. -- from an article in Scouting Magazine, September 1992. (No longer available on the web)

The Meaning of the Boy Scout Oath Excerpted: page 550-551, "The Boy Scout Handbook", can be found at:


Resources for instilling values in young people.
More info can be found at:

Ages and Stages videocassette -- explains the changes that take place is boys grow, the typical patterns of physical, mental, social, and moral growth during childhood and adolescence. Helps you to understand age-appropriate behavior and developmentally appropriate activities.

BSA Family Book -- an easy to follow guide to developing "family talks" on such matters as becoming responsible, learning to trust, communicating, and developing belief in self, family, God, and country. B.S.A. No. 33012

Developing Ethical Leaders Through Action (DELTA) Handbook This is a wonderful sourcebook for all leaders. For the full text of the DELTA Handbook see or

Ethical Controversies, B.S.A. No. 23-823, combines with the Explorer Leaders Handbook, to provide the outline for Ethics in Action in Exploring.

Ethics in Action for Cub Scouts -- Contains 14 activity modules each with a theme targeted for Cub Scout age boys. B.S.A. No. 33015.

Ethics in Action modules may be found in the Cub Scout Leader How-to Book, No. 33831, also.

Ethics in Action videocassette -- explains the Cub Scout ethics program and how to guide a reflection.

Guide to Safe Scouting: A Unit Leaders Guide for Current Policies and Procedures to Safe Activities -- When planning any Scouting activity, safety is a primary concern. B.S.A. No. 10-212.

Learning for Life -- a BSA subsidiary providing school systems with action-learning lesson plans to enhance and supplement core curricula. The kindergarten through sixth grade lesson plans include moral and character development themes.

Moments in Common, AV-03V005, is a twenty four minute film for post Advisors and other adults involved in Exploring. It shows how caring adults can make a difference in the lives of young people. The training outline that comes with the video structures a one and a half hour workshop for adult leaders.

On My Honor videocassette with President Ford - view and share information with your Scouts.

The Values of Men and Boys in America...A Call to Action for Parents - A pamphlet to give to current and prospective Scouting parents. B.S.A. No. 2-121.

Scouting is a Game with a Purpose -- A series of web pages on Scouting's approach to developing ethical leaders. The pages include material on the Reflection process used in most of today's Scout leader training and a Listing of useful resources outside of Scouting literature. See:

Youth's Frontier -- Making Ethical Decisions - A Manual for Parents and Youth Leaders -- A Guide to Help Youth Meet Today's Challenges . B.S.A. No. 33620.

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