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The purpose of Scouting

 In a World Full of Negatives, Scouting is a

POSITIVE!

Objectives and Purpose of Boy Scouts

Build Character

Scouting is proven to be successful in developing self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-respect.  Under adult supervision, the Scouts run the program and assume as much responsibility for the Troop's program as possible.  Mistakes are made, but as we know, experience is the best teacher.  As Scouts acquire these traits, their level of maturity noticeably increases.  The older Scouts provide positive role models and new Scouts quickly learn that working as a team, showing respect to leaders, and doing their "good turns" is a rewarding and fulfilling form of behavior.

Foster Citizenship

The Scouting program emphasizes citizenship in terms of the duties, obligations, privileges, and functions of a citizen.  Citizenship activities are required at all ranks and three required merit badges for the rank of Eagle are citizenship merit badges (Community, Nation, and World).  By participating in community service projects, Scouts gain an appreciation for the environment and for the needs of others that may be less fortunate.

Promote Fitness

Requirements for several ranks include physical fitness activities.  It is not the intent of Scouting to develop superior athletic skills, but general well being and good health habits are the focus.  Scouts are introduced to various outdoor activities through overnight campouts and summer camp.  Participation in sports and physical activities is more for pleasure and enjoyment rather than winning or being number one.

Develop Leadership and Teamwork Skills

To obtain the later ranks of Star, Life and Eagle, each Scout must serve in some role of leadership and responsibility.  Many positions are available within the Troop.  Some are elected, some are appointed.  Scouts can volunteer for appointed positions if they have an interest in a particular position.  Leadership changes every six months so that each Scout has an opportunity to serve in a leadership role.  Scouts are grouped into patrols consisting of approximately 8 - 10 boys.  Within each Patrol, each Scout will have specific duties.  This is referred to as The Patrol Method.  For example; on a campout, one Scout will be Grubmaster.  He shops for the food and possibly collects money from the other Scouts.  Should the Grubmaster not perform his duty, the patrol has no food for the campout.  Using the patrol method, Scouts learn the importance of teamwork and that others depend on them performing their duties.

The Scout Oath

 All Scouts make this promise:
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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

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A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.
The Cub Scout Sign

signs-up_t.gifThe Scout sign identifies you as a Scout anywhere in the world. Use it whenever you give the Scout Oath or Scout Law. The three upraised fingers stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath. The thumb and little finger touch. They stand for the bond between all Scouts.

 

The Scout Salute

salute1.gifThe Scout salute signifies respect and courtesy. You use it to salute the flag of the United States of America. During some ceremonies, you may also salute your Webelos den leaders or Boy Scout leaders. To give the Scout salute, place the fingers of your right hand as you do for the Scout sign. Bring the hand smartly up to your head, palm facing down, until your forefinger touches the edge of your cap above the right eye. If you aren't wearing a cap, touch your forehead above the right eye. When the salute is completed, snap your hand down quickly to your side. 

The Scout Motto
BE PREPARED!

 

The Scout Handclasp
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To give the Scout handclasp, use your left hand instead of the right. The Scout handclasp is a token of friendship. That's why you use your left hand-it's the one nearest your heart.

 

The Scout Motto
Do a Good Turn Daily!

 

The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to -
  • Be clean in my outdoor manners
  • Be careful with fire
  • Be considerate in the outdoors, and
  • Be conservation minded.

Information from the The Cub Scout Leader Book © 1997, Boy Scouts of America

    
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