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What is Boy Scouting?



"In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. OurScout Law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take awayall occasion for wars and strife among nations."
—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder


Purpose of the BSA
The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.

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 nations 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.


Boy Scout Program Membership
Boy Scouting is a year-round program for boys age 11-17. Boys who are 10 may join if they have received the Arrow of Light Award or have finished the fifth grade. Boy Scouting is a program of fun outdoor activities, peer group leadership opportunities, and a personal exploration of career,hobby and special interests, all designed to achieve the BSA's objectives of strengthening character, personal fitness, and good citizenship.Boy Scout program membership, as of December 31, 2015, is
840,654 Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts
103,158 troops/teams


Volunteer Scouters
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved in theBoy Scouting program. They serve in a variety of jobs everything fromunit leaders to chairmen of troop committees, committee members, meritbadge counselors, and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the program, Boy Scouting is made available to community organizations having similar interests and goals. Chartered organizations include professional organizations; governmental bodies;and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor and citizens groups. Each organization appoints one of its members as the chartered organization representative. The organization is responsible for leadership,the meeting place, and support for troop activities.


Who Pays for It?
Several groups are responsible for supporting Boy Scouting: the boy and his parents, the troop, the chartered organization, and the community.Boys are encouraged to earn money whenever possible to pay their own expenses, and they also contribute dues to their troop treasuries to pay for budgeted items. Troops obtain additional income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community, including parents,supports Scouting through the United Way, Friends of Scouting campaigns, bequests, and special contributions to the BSA local council. This income provides leadership training, outdoor programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional service for units.


Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the Aims ofScouting. 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 theequal importance of each.


Outdoor Activities
Local councils operate and maintain Scout camps. The National Council operates high adventureareas at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program in Minnesota and Canada, the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys and the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. About 70 councils also operate high-adventure programs.

The BSA conducts a National Scout jamboree every four years and participates in World Scoutjamborees (also held at four-year intervals). In 2009, with the purchase of 10,600 acres of land in West Virginia to create the Summit Bechtel Reserve, they now have a permanent location for the National Jamboree.

The Beginning of Scouting
Scouting, as known to millions of youth and adults, evolved during the early 1900's through the efforts of several men dedicated to bettering youth. These pioneers of the program conceived outdoor activities that developed skills in young boys and gave them a sense of enjoyment, fellowship, and a code of conduct for everyday living.

In this country and abroad at the turn of the century, it was thought that children needed certain kinds of education that the schools couldn't or didn't provide. This led to the formation of a variety of youth groups, many with the word "Scout" in their names. For example, Ernest Thompson Seton, an American naturalist, artist, writer, and lecturer, originated a group called the Woodcraft Indians and in 1902 wrote a guidebook for boys in his organization called the Birch Bark Roll. Meanwhile in Britain, Robert Baden-Powell, after returning to his country a hero following military service in Africa, found boys reading the manual he had written for his regiment on stalking and survival in the wild. Gathering ideas from Seton, America's Daniel Carter Beard, and other Scout craft experts, Baden-Powell rewrote his manual as a non military skill book, which he titled Scouting for Boys. The book rapidly gained a wide readership in England and soon became popular in the United States. In 1907, when Baden-Powell held the first camp out for Scouts on Brown sea Island off the coast of England, troops were spontaneously springing up in America.

William D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher, incorporated the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 after meeting with Baden-Powell. (Boyce was inspired to meet with the British founder by an unknown Scout who led him out of a dense London fog and refused to take a tip for doing a Good Turn.) Immediately after its incorporation, the BSA was assisted by officers of the YMCA in organizing a task force to help community organizations start and maintain a high quality Scouting program. Those efforts climaxed in the organization of the nation's first Scout camp at Lake George, New York, directed by Ernest Thompson Seton. Beard, who had established another youth group, the Sons of Daniel Boone (which he later merged with the BSA), provided assistance. Also on hand for this historic event was James E. West, a lawyer and an advocate of children's rights, who later would become the first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. Seton became the first volunteer national Chief Scout, and Beard, the first national Scout commissioner.

Publications
The BSA publishes the Boy Scout Handbook (more than 38.7 million copies of which have been printed); the Patrol Leader Handbook, which offers information relevant to boy leadership; the Scoutmaster Handbook; more than 100 merit badge pamphlets dealing with hobbies, vocations, and advanced Scout craft; and program features and various kinds of training, administrative, and organizational manuals for adult volunteer leaders and Boy Scouts. In addition, the BSA publishes Boys' Life magazine, the national magazine for all boys(paid magazine circulation is more than 1.1 million) and Scouting magazine for volunteers,which has a paid circulation of 1 million.

Conservation
Conservation activities supplement the program of Boy Scout advancement, summer camp, and outdoor activities and teach young people to better understand their interdependence with the environment.


Boy Scouts of America Mission and Vision



The Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), was incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by congress in 1916. Its purpose is to provide for boys and young adults an effective educational program designed to build desirable qualities of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and to develop in them personal fitness. Community groups such as religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, governmental bodies, corporations, professional associations, and groups of citizens who have compatible goals and utilize the program provided accomplish the purpose by the Boy Scouts of America on the local level.

Boy Scouts of America Mission

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.


                                      

SCOUT OATH

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

SCOUT LAW

  1. TRUSTWORTHY - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
  2. LOYAL - A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
  3. HELPFUL - A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
  4. FRIENDLY - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
  5. COURTEOUS - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
  6. KIND - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
  7. OBEDIENT - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
  8. CHEERFUL - A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
  9. THRIFTY - A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  10. BRAVE - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
  11. CLEAN - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  12. REVERENT - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

SCOUT MOTTO   
SCOUT SLOGAN

Be Prepared


Do a Good Turn Daily

OUTDOOR CODE

         
The Principles of Leave No Trace
 As an American,
I will do my best to -
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.

 
  • Plan ahead and prepare.
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
  • Dispose of waste properly (pack it in, pack it out).
  • Leave what you find.
  • Minimize campfire impacts.
  • Respect wildlife.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.