General Resources

Leader Training and Registration

Scout Leader Registration

See instructions for new Scouting leaders on how to register with the Boy Scouts of America, as well as Church policy regarding the necessity of registered Scout leaders.

Scouting Positions Calling List

This checklist contains the key points which a bishopric member should convey to a prospective leader concerning the time commitment for the new Scouting calling, including registration, required training, youth and adult meetings, and so on.

Wood Badge Training Comments

Wood Badge is the highest level of adult Scouting training available. Read Charles W. Dahlquist’s comments on the importance of this training to enhancing the Scouting experiences of young men.

Awards Information

On My Honor Youth Award 

The On My Honor Award is the LDS religious award for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers. Details are available at lds.org (Aaronic Priesthood > Scouting).

Cub Scout Religious Square Knot

The Cub Scout Religious Square Knot is the LDS religious award for Cub Scouts. It must be earned before a boy turns eleven. Requirements and suggested activities are available at lds.org (Primary > Scouting in Primary > Cub Scouting).

Cub Scout Religious Square Knot: Description, Checklist, and Certificate

When a Cub Scout has completed the requirements for the award, he may be presented the signed certificate along with the religious emblem patch. He can save the certificate in his Faith in God for Boys guidebook.

On My Honor Adult Recognition

The On My Honor Adult Recognition may be given to adult Scout leaders, including Cub Scout leaders. For requirements and details about the award, see On My Honor Adult Recognition at LDS.org.

Thomas S. Monson Award

The Thomas S. Monson Award was produced for the Centennial year and is no longer available.

Mormon Battalion Booklet & Form

The U.S. Mormon Battalion is a Trail Award that can be issued to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts (including eleven year-old Scouts ), Varsity Scouts, Venturers, and their leaders (including committee members). We will no longer be issuing the trail award and patches. Please contact the Mormon Battalion on their website.

Scouts With Disabilities

Scouts With Special Needs

Find out how to work with Scouts who have physical or cognitive disabilities as they participate in the Scouting program.

Abilities Awareness: Essentials in Serving Scouts With Disabilities

Find new ways to assist Scouts with disabilities. This document includes the following topics: adaptive options and ideas, appropriate peer and adult supports, how to have a joining conference with a new family, planning successful outings, conversation starters, and how to slow down activities.

Cub Scouts With Special Needs

View section 7 from the 2015 Cub Scout Leader How-To Book to get ideas about working with a Cub Scout with special needs. Learn how to prepare the other boys for the new Scout’s first den meeting and read about ways to help all your Scouts feel accepted and competent.

Varsity Scout Leaders

Varsity Play Book Addendum

View guidelines and recommendations for leaders and Coaches of Varsity Scout groups within the Church.

Varsity Play Book

The Varsity Play Book is designed to give Varsity Scouts and Advisers the tools to design, organize, and conduct successful Varsity Scout programs. View the document to learn about awards, meetings, and leader organization.

Varsity Scout Coach Start-Up

The objective of Varsity Scouting is to provide a Boy Scout-oriented program that meets the needs and interests of boys ages 14 and 15. See this quick guide to being a leader over these boys and having the most positive influence on their lives.

The Venturing Program

Venturing Program Fast Start

This Fast-Start guide to the Venturing program helps Scouting leaders become introduced to the program so they can understand their responsibilities.

Venturing Guide for LDS Leaders

The Venturing program was designed to help the BSA expand its traditional program and broaden the capacity to influence the character and ethical behavior of teenagers. Find out about the program by reading the guide.

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