This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org, Soaring Golden Eagle email@example.com and Alan Houser firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Here is a listing of resources and references
that discuss BSA values and ethics.
1995 Harris Poll on the Effect of Scouting:
The meaning of the Scout Oath and Law can be found at:
Below are resources for instilling values in young
people. More info can be found at:
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.
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.
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.
Ethics in Action for Cub Scouts -- Contains 14 activity
modules each with a theme targeted for Cub Scout age boys. B.S.A.
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.
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
Learning for Life/Exploring -- 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.
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.
On My Honor videocassette with President Ford - view and share
information with your Scouts.
Ethical Controversies, B.S.A. No. 23-823, combines with the
Explorer Leaders Handbook, to provide the outline for Ethics in
Action in Exploring.
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.
For the full text of the DELTA Handbook (Developing Ethical Leaders Through
Action) ... this is a wonderful sourcebook ... see
"Scouting is a Game with a Purpose" -- a series of 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:
Maintaining BSA Standards The Scout Oath and Law are not up for
negotiation. Our values are not for sale. Text of this article from Scouting
magazine, September 1992. can be found at:
A number of writings from the Pennington Group on values and ethics in
leadership can be found at:
http://www.penningtongroup.com/writing.html (how the Scout Oath can be
used to build ethical leaders and companies).
On My Honor is a book about truthfulness and used in many classrooms.
When his best friend drowns while they are swimming in a treacherous
river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and
terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible
consequences of their disobedience. "A powerful, soul-stirring novel
told simply and well." A Newbery Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's
More resources can be found at: