Scouts follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Scouters — adult volunteers in any BSA program — follow the Oath, Law and one more document, called the Scouter Code of Conduct.
Like the Guide to Safe Scouting, much of what’s in the Scouter Code of Conduct comes down to common sense. Still, it’s helpful to review it every so often, just as a friendly reminder of the kinds of things you should be thinking about.
Without looking it up first (!), take our quiz below to learn how well you know the Scouter Code of Conduct.
1. The Scouter Code of Conduct requires Scouters to keep up with the following BSA standards:
a. BSA Youth Protection
b. BSA Youth Protection, the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety
c. BSA Youth Protection and the Guide to Safe Scouting
d. BSA Youth Protection, the Guide to Safe Scouting, and the Annual Health and Medical Record
2. The Scouter Code of Conduct specifically mentions what three aspects of the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America:
b. Advocacy on social and political issues
c. Bullying, hazing, harassment and unlawful discrimination
d. All of the above
3. If a Scout comes to an adult leader with questions about sexual conduct, Scouters should:
a. Refer them to their parents or spiritual advisor.
b. Answer the questions to the best of their ability with a second adult present.
c. Shut down the conversation immediately.
d. Gather other Scouts and adults for a group conversation.
4. Though it might seem like a private matter, Scout leaders are expected to disclose:
a. Whether or not they drink alcohol, even outside of Scouting activities.
b. How fast they drive on the highway (even when they aren’t transporting Scouts).
c. Any investigation or court order involving domestic violence, child abuse or similar matter.
d. Any investigation into their taxes or other financial issues.
5. A Scouter should not possess, distribute, transport, consume or use concealed or unconcealed firearms, fireworks or explosives.
Scroll down for the answers:
- B. While the Annual Health and Medical Record is important, it’s not listed in the Scouter Code of Conduct.
- C. They are also expected to disclose any criminal charges or convictions for offenses involving controlled substances, driving while intoxicated, firearms or dangerous weapons; and any criminal suspicion, charges, or convictions of a crime or offense involving abuse, violence, sexual misconduct, or any misconduct involving minors or juveniles.
- A. True.