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Understanding the Scouting Program

The Aims of Scouting.

Among the handful of methods used to build on these aims of Scouting are adult association, leadership development, and advancement. Besides parents and relatives, schoolteachers, religious leaders, and possibly coaches, most Scout-age youth don’t have much contact with many other adults or professionals. A Scout’s association with his Merit Badge Counselors provides an excellent way for him to grow and gain confidence through exposure to quality adults who serve as positive role models and mentors to him. Meeting people from business and community leaders to trained specialists and enthusiastic hobbyists, a Scout can experience a chance for personal growth and a positive life-altering experience while in pursuit of a Merit Badge.

The Boy Scouts of America at a Glance.
Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has maintained its purpose and mission to prepare youth to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders. Throughout the years, the Scout Oath and Law have served as the guiding light for BSA youth members. To help carry out its mission, the BSA relies on more than 300 local councils. These service centers operate autonomously, sort of like franchises. Every local council has its own support staff and operates under the guidance of a Scout Executive. To more efficiently serve its members, the local council is divided into districts, which are managed by District Executives. The district executive serves as the grassroots contact between the local council and its volunteers.

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.

The Scout Law

    • A Scout is:
    and reverent.



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