THE ADVENTURE OF SCOUTING
It is easier to build a boy than to repair a man.
Boys joining the Boy Scouts of America have high expectations. They can hardly wait to go on hikes, sleep in tents, and cook meals in the open. They are eager to master the skills of Scouting and to put into practice what they are learning. They want to share experiences with their friends. They anticipate challenge, adventure, and recognition for their achievements. Troop members look to their Scoutmaster as the person who will help them realize the promise of Scouting. They will not be disappointed. That's because Boy Scouting revolves around a boy-led troop.
SCOUTING-A VALUES-BASED PROGRAM
Scouting offers boys an environment in which every one can feel secure both physically and emotionally. That sense of security comes from Scoutmasters and other adult leaders
• Setting an example for themselves and for others by living the Scout Oath and Law to the best of their abilities.
• Refusing to tolerate name-calling, put-downs, discrimination, or any form of physical aggression.
• Communicating their acceptance of boys by taking a real interest in each Scout.
• Using the Scouting program to create a setting based on learning and fun. They seek the best from each Scout and do all they can to allow him to achieve it.
THE AIMS OF SCOUTING
A goal of the Boy Scouts of America is to help boys develop into honorable men. Scouting's values can be incorporated into a boy's home, school, and religious community, adding to all three and, in some cases, filling in where family, school, or religious support is lacking.
Is Scouting educational? You bet it is. Scouts have many opportunities to learn skills of leadership, of the outdoors, and of life. Each boy decides what he will learn and how quickly he will do it. As he progresses, the value of his achievements will be reinforced through recognition- advancement in Scouting's ranks, positions of leadership in the troop, and accomplishments during outdoor adventures.
Character encompasses a boy's personal qualities, values, and outlook. Scouting strives to help a boy grow in the following ways:
• He becomes confident but is not conceited.
• He is honest with himself and others.
• His personal appearance shows that he respects himself.
• He develops special skills and interests.
• He can take care of himself, especially in emergencies.
• He can be counted upon to do his best, even in difficult situations,
• He practices his religious beliefs.
• He respects other people regardless of their differences.
The Scouting program allows boys to practice good citizenship by living and working among others in a troop with rules based on the common good. Each Scout is further encouraged to do the following:
• Learn about and take pride in his national heritage.
• Develop an understanding of the social, economic, and governmental systems of which he is a part.
• Be of service to others.
• Have knowledge of and respect for cultures and social groups other than his own.
• Be aware of community organizations and their functions.
• Appreciate the environment and seek to protect it.