Boys Scouts of America
The Mission of Boy Scouts
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America
(BSA) to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, and
in other ways to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime
in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are
found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
Boy 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.
Boy Scout Law
A Scout is:
The Three Aims of Boy Scouts
To build character
To build self-reliance, self-discipline,
self-confidence and self-respect
To foster citizenship
To foster love of community,
country and world, along with a commitment of
service to others and an understanding
of democratic principles.
To develop fitness
To develop physical, mental,
emotional, and moral fitness that will
stay with a Scout for the rest
of his life.
The Eight Methods of Boy Scouts
Each Scout commits himself to the personal
behavior guides and standards in the Scout
motto, the slogan, the Oath and the
Patrols give Scouts experience in teamwork,
democracy and leadership.
Scouting emphasizes outdoors activities
which foster an appreciation of nature and our
ecology. Along the way, Scouts practice
and learn new skills and develop confidence in
their own abilities to cope with obstacles.
Scouting is outing!
The advancement program provides Scouts
with a ladder of skills to climb at his own pace.
On the way up, he has many opportunities
to learn and to be recognized for his
All of the other methods contribute
to the personal growth of a Scout through experience.
The quest for growth is a method, too.
Adult leaders, male and female, provide
an example to Scouts of the high character they
should strive for in their personal
Making boys get leadership experiences
is one of the most valuable things Scouting does.
The uniform reminds a Scout of who he
is and what is expected of him. It identifies him as
part of a patrol, troop, council and
worldwide youth movement. He can take pride in being
a Scout, and in the achievements
shown on his uniform and sash. Even neighborhood
gangs recognize the importance of wearing
a uniform, their colors.
Since 1910, these principles have been taught
in an atmosphere of recreation and fun which allows young people to develop
self confidence, leadership and moral character. More and more men,
trained as Scouts, are taking their places in today's world as responsible
adult leaders. Men who earned badges as Scouts, sit on the Supreme Court
of the United States. Others hold important offices in our government,
business and industry. Most of the members of the present U.S. Congress
were Scouts. Of the 214 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since
1959, more than 125 were Scouts or have been active in Scouting, as well
as most of the astronauts who have walked on the moon. The new Suns
head coach, Danny Ainge, is an Eagle Scout. The long list of famous
President John F. Kennedy
President Gerald Ford
J. Willard Marriott, Jr.
President of Marriott Corporation
Sam M. Walton
Neil A. Armstrong
First person to set foot on the Moon
William C. Devries, M.D.
Transplanted first artificial heart
Barber B. Conable, Jr.
President, World Bank