New Troop Leader Guidebooks to Replace Scoutmaster Handbook

(Article adapted from Scouting magazine’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog.)
Later this year, the two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook will debut, replacing the Scoutmaster Handbook and offering helpful checklists, quick tips, and fresh ideas for both new troop leaders and veteran Scouters.

Vol. 1: For new troop leaders
Volume 1 focuses primarily on the needs of new or relatively inexperienced Boy Scout leaders who have been volunteers for up to three years, are likely assistant Scoutmasters, and probably recently crossed over from serving as a Webelos leader or parent.

As a result, Volume 1 assumes little or no prior knowledge of the Boy Scout program on the part of the reader. It presents a somewhat simplified picture of Boy Scouting that focuses on the short term—getting through this week’s troop meeting, this month’s outing, and this year’s planning conference—rather than the long term, such as planning for growth, establishing a troop vision, and measuring personal and troop success.

Given that its readers are mostly newcomers, this volume’s tone is similar to that used in a book for new parents.

Vol. 2: Advanced guidance for veteran Scouters
Volume 2 assumes its readers are ready for the next level. Here you’ll find info like high-adventure planning, working with Scouts with disabilities, conflict resolution, visioning, and more.

This volume is for more-seasoned leaders who need fresh ideas. It’s an advanced guidebook that will help leaders take their troop’s program and operations to a higher level. It will also help leaders keep an established program fresh and exciting so that troops don’t fall into the trap of doing the same things year after year.

Although an exact release date has not been published, look for both volumes to be released together later this year.

(Keep an eye on Scouting magazine’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog for an update when the release date goes public.)


5 Responses to New Troop Leader Guidebooks to Replace Scoutmaster Handbook

  1. Richard Sotto says:

    Scoutmaster Specific Training has basically been an all day in-depth introduction to what’s in the Scoutmaster Handbook. Will Scoutmaster Specific Training or “Troop Leader” Training be revised soon?

  2. Sherry says:

    Do we have an item # on these items yet?

  3. Benjamin says:

    Will this resource be available electronically? Can we purchase it as a digital book? It would be extremely helpful to have this as a searchable resource on a tablet, PC, or smartphone.

  4. vprince says:

    item # 616729 and 616835

  5. Jim Hegarty says:

    Echoing Benjamin’s thought…

    It would also be very helpful to have a single library of materials. I serve as a DC and try to distribute reference materials to UCs electronically rather than on paper… makes it easier for them to share with Unit Leaders too.

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