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Aims of Scouting – Citizenship

The three aims of Scouting are Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Mental and Physical Fitness. Today we look at how citizenship training is incorporated into the Scouting programs offered by BSA.

How does your unit incorporate citizenship into its program? Put your ideas in the comments below.


  • In the Venturing Code, Venturers state “As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people”
  • Venturing develops strong leaders who will serve our country as they mature
  • The Ethical Controversies program give Venturers the opportunity to discuss difficult issues facing our communities and learn how to address those issues in a fair manner.
  • Venturers learn about the importance of putting others before themselves through service projects

Boy Scouts

  • Boy Scouts learn about their rights and duties as US citizens as part of the early rank requirements
  • The Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges help Boy Scouts learn how they can be useful members of larger communities.
  • By learning to take care of the environment, they preseve our natural reasources for everyone’s benefit
  • Boy Scouts also perform service projects to benefit organizations and individuals in the community.

Cub Scouts

  • Cub Scouts learn about America’s heritage
  • Through small service projects, Cub Scouts learn to take pride in helping the community
  • Cubs learn flag etiquette and basic citizenship skills
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