Mission Statement The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Aims of Scouting
Character Development: Building personal qualities: reverence, sense of honor, self discipline, unselfishness, self reliance, intelligence, enjoyment of life/sense of humor, respect for others and enthusiasm.
Citizenship Training: Teaching scouts their obligations to other people, society and the government that presides over society.
Personal Fitness: Including the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect)
Methods of Scouting
Ideals - Scout Oath and Scout Law
Patrol Method - Boy led, boy run by the PLC driven by SPL with guidance from the Scoutmaster
Advancement - Putting forth challenges; the Scout's confidence is built by overcoming them
The Outdoors - The chance to associate with nature and learn self reliance and cooperation
Uniforms - Level playing field, unit identification and individuality
Association with Adults - As many positive role models to learn from as possible. This done through merit badge councilors and Scouters during campouts and meetings.
Personal Growth - goal setting, personal planning, time management and service to others.
Leadership - Individual opportunities lead and teach others and be an important member of their patrol and the troop.
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