Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America:
purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—incorporated on February 8, 1910,
and chartered by Congress in 1916—is to provide an educational program
for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the
responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal
Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop
American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit;
have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as
initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on
religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others;
understand the principles of the American social, economic, and
governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their
American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a
keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to
participate in and give leadership to American society.
Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program:
The Scouting program has three specific
objectives, commonly referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are
character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random
order to emphasize the equal importance of each.
Ideals. The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout
Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy
Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to
improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some
control over what and who he becomes. This is the basis for the Troop's
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