Boy Scouts of America

The Aims of Scouting

It is important to remember why we are doing this.

It is so easy to get distracted by trying to get things organized for the next camp out or den meeting. Or the parent who doesn’t understand the difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Or those who aren’t pitching in. Or the personalities not working well together

Refocusing on the Aims of Scouting will help us push the distractions aside and stay positive in our efforts.

Aims of Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America enumerates three aims of Scouting – Character, Citizenship, and Fitness.

Character development is probably the most recognized of the three. When the public thinks of a Boy Scout, hopefully they are picturing a young man who is willing to help others and follows the points of the Boy Scout Oath and Law. The same should be true for Venturers and Cub Scouts. Scouting helps young men and women develop confidence, independence, and skills. They adhere to their own religious beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. They are honest and trustworthy.

Citizenship training benefits our nation and our communities. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers learn to take pride in our national heritage. They understand how they fit into the larger community. They understand the importance of taking care of the environment for the benefit of everybody. They put others before themselves by organizing and participating in service projects.

The third aim is fitness. This includes mental and physical fitness. This enables them to enjoy full, rich lives. Physical fitness is encouraged through sports and outdoor activities. Scouts also learn about the importance of eating right and taking care of themselves. They promise to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and other substances which can harm themselves or others. They strive to do their best in their studies and be mentally alert. They learn to think before they act so they can make good decisions.

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