External Links

Links to Scout Information and Resources

Note: The links on this page leave the BSA Troop 997 web site. While we attempt to verify that the content accessible by these links is consistent with the principles and values of the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 997, we have no control over any material or links provided from these sites. This information is provided for reference only.

Official BSA Sites

The Scout Zone  — Information about the Scouting program for parents and youth who are not currently involved in Scoutng.

Scout Parents  — Part of the National Parent Initiative with the goal to increase parent's knowledge, participation and passion for Scouting. The site has information and videos including the basics of scouting, the benefits of scouting, the parent's role in scouting, and unit resources. The site also includes discussion groups.

Boy Scouts of America National Council

Scouting - Vale La Pena  — The official Spanish language web site of the Boy Scouts of America.

BSA Northeast Region

National Capital Area Council

NCAC Goose Creek District

Official National Order of the Arrow Web Site

Northeast Region Order of the Arrow

Amangamek Wipit Lodge #470

National Eagle Scout Association

Official Scouting Safely Site  — This site is the official online source for information about safety and scouting activities, including the online "Guide to Safe Scouting" publication.

Official Boy Scout Requirements Publication

National Scouting Museum  — The official museum of the Boy Scouts of America.

BSA National Supply Division on-line store  — This site is the official online source for information about camping equipment, uniforms, handbooks, and other essential Scouting merchandise.

Scouting Forms Library from the National Council

NCAC Forms Library

National Council Media Center — Contains Fact Sheets, Press Releases, Position Statements, Annual Reports, and PSAs.

Good Turn for America  — Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. Hunger, lack of adequate shelter, poor health – these are issues that affect all of us. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues – if we all work together.

Scouting Magazine  — The national family magazine for the adult leaders and committee members of the Boy Scouts of America.

Boys' Life Magazine  — Published by the Boy Scouts of America, Boys' Life is the magazine for all boys.

Field Book Companion Site  — This Web site is a companion to the BSA's Fieldbook.

Official BSA High Adventure Sites

Philmont Scout Ranch

Tooth of Time Traders — Order items from Philmont Scout Ranch's Trading Post.

Florida Sea Base

Northern Tier High Adventure Base


Official BSA Online Learning Center  — Courses available include:

  • Boy Scout Leader Fast Start Training
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Safety Afloat
  • Hazardous Weather
  • Troop Committee Challenge
  • Youth Protection Training
  • Den Chief Training

Online Learning Center Supplemental Modules  — provide orientation beyond the basic training

BSA National Capital Area Council Training Site

Online Youth Protection Training

Online Safe Swim Defense & Safety Afloat Training

Wood Badge — Advanced Training for Scout Leaders.

Center for Wilderness Safety — A local authorized provider of American Red Cross courses specializing in wilderness medicine such as Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder.

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Scouting Related Organizations (not official BSA sites)

World Organization of the Scout Movement — The World Organization of the Scout Movement, with articles on Scouting in many countries, plus goals and methodologies.

Leave No Trace — The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our wildlands.

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Scouting Information (not official BSA sites)

U.S. Scouting Service Project — A portal to Scouting Resources world wide, meant to provide focused areas of links for each facet of Scouting, and news and information as well. Good place for Eagle resources as well, such as flags, letters, etc.

The MacScouter — A resource for worldwide Scouting as well as the US. A good place to find games, skits, songs, computer resources, cookbooks, service project ideas, and more.

Scoutorama —  An independent resource with information and links to for activites, food, projects, computer resources, leadership, scout skills, fundraising, skits and songs, etc.

Scouter Network —  An independent resource dedicated to providing information on leadership, scout skills, effective fundraising, and open discussion forums on Scouting.

Wikipedia: Boy Scouts of America & Wikipedia: Scouting Portal —  A free an Internet reference website that is continuously maintained and updated by the Internet community at-large. The site contains information on the history and organization of the Boy Scouts of America.

ScoutBase UK — The official site for the Scout Association in the UK. Pulications, databases, games, and interesting looks at UK Scouting.

ScoutNet UK — A UK run site for Scouts in all countries. Great articles, posts from Scouts, and Scouting pictures from around the globe.

The Virtual Cub Scout Leader's Handbook — A vast library of Cub Scouting Program resources for Cub Scout Leaders and parents of Cubs and/or Cub-aged boys. Our extensive resources include: uniforms, insignia, leadership tools, the Pinewood Derby, clipart, scouting programs, outdoors and camping, games, songs, ceremonies, stories, and much, much more. Many items also useful for Boy Scouts.

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Merit Badges and Scout Skills

Remember, this information is provided for reference only — the finial and definitive source of information relating to advancement should be the documentation obtained from your Scout Book, Merit Badge Books and Merit Badge Counselors.

Merit Badge.com — Merit Badge Research Center; The source for not only the basics on all of the Scouting Merit Badges, but extras to help with them as well.

US Scouting Service Project - Merit Badge Requirements

Annimated Knots by Grog — A resource featuring scouting as well as numerous other knots. The site features annimation demonstrating how to tie each knot. Other general information such as rope care and maintenance is also provided.

Get Knotted — A UK Scout resource with lots of knots. Includes animated knot tying, terminology, and even some history and usage from the place where Scouting originated.

Outdoor Action Guide to Map and Compass — An online resource taken from the Backpackers Field Manual by Rick Curtis.

Learn Orienteering — An illustrated guide on how to use a map and compass.

The Constellations and their Stars — From the University of Wisconsin comes this great reference on the location and formation of constellations as seen from earth, including many varieties of useful star charts.

Eagle Resources

Please visit our Life to Eagle Page which is dedicated to Eagle advancement resources.

Religious Emblems

P.R.A.Y. - Programs of Religious Activities with Youth  — This is a stop for information on religious aspects of Scouting, including all available Religious Emblems for most faiths, videos, and publications.

Scouting History

Lawrence L. Lee Scouting Museum & Max I. Silber Scouting Library  — An on-line museum of artifacts from Scouting past, and a large library of Scouting memoriabilia from nearly a century of Scouting in America.

The Pine Tree Web — Good source for historical information on Scouting world-wide, starting with it's genesis through Lord Baden Powell.

Patch Trading

International Scouting Collectors Association — The International Scouting Collectors Association (ISCA) is a non-profit organization that promotes education regarding the history of the Scouting Movement through the collecting and trading of Scouting Memorabilia. The ISCA was formed in 2001, when the American Scouting Traders Association (ASTA) and the National Scouting Collectors Society (NSCS) merged to better serve the collecting community; both of which were worlwide leading Scouting memorabilia organizations.

Camping Destinations

National Park Service Maps —  Great resource for maps of NPS National Parks.

NPS Shenandoah National Park 
Old Rag Area Map

NPS Catoctin Mountain Park 
Catoctin Mountain Park Map

Lee Ranger District Elizabeth Furnace Recreation Area USDA Forest Service

NPS Antietam National Battfield

Bull Run Regional Park 
Bull Run Park map

Camp Rock Enon Home 
Shenandoah Area Council Camp Rock Enon Council home of Camp Rock Enon.

Blue Ridge Mountain Scout Reservation — Troop 997 traditional summer camp destination.

Goshen Scout Reservation — The National Capital Area Council scout reservation.

Camp William B. Snyder — The National Capital Area Council's newest camp. The camp is targetted as a "close in" camp for Cub Scouts, but also features a C.O.P.E course and weekend camping opportunities for Boy Scouts. The National Capital Area Council scout reservation.

Philmont Scout Ranch — Not the official Scout site, but one that provides a full plate of information on the ranch, the adventures, the personnel, and anything and everything about this New Mexico hiking haven.

Local Area and Government Information

The Friends of Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve — A local Loudoun park and nature preserve that local Scouting has a good association with. This site gives history, location, purpose, and opportunities to help with their work, including Eagle projects.

Loudoun County, Virginia

Loudoun County Public Schools

Loudoun County Public Library

Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia General Assembly

The Official U.S. Government Web Portal

The White House

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Supreme Court

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Thomas — This is the branch of the Library of Congress with information on the mechanics and history of the U.S. Legislature, as well as current information on them. Great for Citizenship merit badges.

NASA — The official home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with information and history of the space program, plus information galore on everything that is literally out of this world.

NASA Goddard — The Robert Goddard Center for NASA located in Greenbelt, MD, with info on tours, and everything astronomical for the Earth, Sun, Solar System and Universe.

The official websites for each branch the United States Armed Forces are listed here. You can ask members questions about training, careers, etc., and even engage through email with some of our brave fighting men. Also check out histories of each branch and their official songs as well.

Camping Information and Supplies

Google Maps — Good for finding directions to and from Scouting activities, grandma's house, and even research for merit badges.

MapQuest — Good for finding directions to and from Scouting activities, grandma's house, and even research for merit badges.

topoZone — Topographical maps from all over the U.S. in conjunction with the USGS. Some aerial photographs and street maps included.

backpacking.Net — Information on backpacking lightweight, which has tips for how to pack and reviews and link to the best available equipment to help in this pursuit.

Backpacker Magazine — Backpacker magazine, which includes some articles from their print version, links to subscribe, and many potential hiking trail suggestions from around the U.S.

thebackpacker.com —  Backpacking assistance for the beginner to advanced, including gear suggestions, locations, trail ettiquette, water sources, and first aid.

Campmor — Equipment for virtually all outdoor pursuits from biking to spelunking to survival, or just plain camping in a tent.

Dick's Sporting Goods — The web site for a local store, with everything sports, and many useful and readily available camping items. Shop or visit the Dulles store.

Eastern Mountain Sports — Outdoor sports outfitter with a good variety of useful items for Scouting-related activities, skiing, cycling, fishing, and more. Shop online or visit the Sterling store. Show your BSA registration card at the store to receive a scout discount.

Everest Gear — Large variety of outdoor and camping equipment and clothing. Sign up for email for frequent discounts and clearance sales.

L.L. Bean — Outdoor sports outfitter with a good variety of useful items for Scouting-related activities, skiing, cycling, fishing, and more. Shop online or visit the Tysons Corner store.

Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles  — Official BSA supplier carrying uniforms, isignias, books, and BSA gear. Be sure to register for their scout discount.

Moosejaw — Large variety of outdoor and camping equipment and clothing. Sign up for email for frequent discounts and clearance sales.

Ranger Surplus — The Web site for a local Army Navy Surplus store. Shop online or visit the Tysons Corner or Fairfax store.

REI — Outdoor sports outfitter with a good variety of useful items for Scouting-related activities, skiing, cycling, fishing, and more. REI also offers a number of workshops and demonstrations throughout the year. Shop online or visit the Fairfax store.