What is Boy
Scouting is the original program of the
Boy Scouts of America which was
officially organized in
1910. Boy Scouting in America is directly based on a program conceived of
and designed by Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell in 1907. Lord Baden-Powell
took a diverse group of young men on a camping trip to Brown Sea Island
off the English coast in 1907 to test his ideas and theories, and from
that experiment, the Scouting movement was born. Almost 100 years later,
the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, the aims of the Boy Scout
program, and the methods used to achieve those aims have remained the
same. Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light
Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the fifth grade and
are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old.
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The Mission of
the Boy Scouts of America
The mission of
the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical
choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout
Oath and Law.
The Aims of
Growth in Moral Strength and Character-Helping a boy develop
his personal qualities, values, and outlook on life.
Participating Citizenship- Helping a boy understand his
relationship to and obligations to other people, his community,
society, and government.
Development of Physical, Mental, and Emotional Fitness-Helping
a boy be healthy, be able to use his mind, have self-control, and a
The Methods of
The Ideals-Found in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan.
These ideals are reinforced through every aspect of the Scouting
program. It is the hope that these Ideals will become a foundation
upon which a Scout lives his daily life.
The Patrol Method-As Baden-Powell said, "The patrol is the
character school of the individual." These peer groups help boys
practice and develop their leadership skills, learn responsibility,
and develop an identity.
The Outdoors- This is what boys join the program for in the
first place. Not only do the outdoors provide fun and excitement, they
provide a place for all of the skills, leadership abilities, and
attitudes Scouts develop to be put to the test and perfected.
Advancement-Boys like to be recognized for their
accomplishments. The advancement system does this. It also teaches
them valuable skills, helps them set and meet challenges, develop
leadership, and may even introduce them to a skill or hobby that they
can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
Association with Adults-Adults serve as positive role models
and can make a profound difference in the life a boy.
Personal Growth-Adolescence is a challenging time in a boy's
life. Scouting helps boys figure out what their place is in the
community, develop their individual outlook on life, and explore their
world all in a productive way.
Leadership Development-Leadership can only be developed by
doing it. Scouting provides a number of practical leadership
opportunities for boys to practice and develop these skills.
The Uniform-The uniform helps a Scout develop a sense of
identity. Any person who puts on a Scout uniform is first and foremost
a Scout, no matter what race, religion, or socio-economic class. The
uniform is also a place where Scouts show off their achievements.