What is the BSA

What is the Boy Scouts of America?

It is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

Scouting Benefits

Lifelong Benefits

Scouting gives youth the opportunity to try new things, be of service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but carry forward into their adult lives, as well. What children learn in their formative years is instrumental in shaping their character.

Scouting builds character by teaching confidence and self-reliance, and promoting positive role models as your child grows and develops. Through planned advancement, Scouts are always in a learning environment, increasing their capacity for goal-setting, choice making and accomplishment.

Scouting Brings Families Together. Scouting is unique in that it offers families a variety of experiences not found in other activities. In Cub Scouts, the parent is more involved in den meetings, and most activities are designed for family involvement. Den meetings last only an hour, and activities for recognition can be completed at home.

Qualified family members can volunteer for leader positions in the pack or troop or can get involved in other ways, such as becoming a counselor to teach the requirements for a merit badge. The joy of volunteering is not only in helping others, but seeing your child learning, growing and Having Fun!

There’s a lot to celebrate in Scouting. Merit badges, rank advancement and other awards are presented throughout the year at unit meetings and special events like the Blue and Gold Banquet (Cub Scouts) and Court of Honor (Boy Scouts). These make for memorable family events and great photo opportunities.

When a rank advancement is presented to a Scout, his parents are also recognized, since the success is so often the result of a family effort

Specifically what is their mission?

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. These values are the code of conduct for our Troop.

What is the Scout promise?

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.

What is the Scout Law?

A Scout is: Trustworthy,Loyal,Helpful,Friendly,Courteous,Kind,Obedient,Cheerful,Thrifty,Brave,Clean,Reverent.

What is the Scout motto?

 “Be prepared”

 What is the Scout slogan?

“Do a good turn daily.”

 What is the leadership method used in our Troop?

We emphasize twelve leadership skills that the boys learn initially at the annual Brown Sea Junior Leadership training camp once they have achieved the 1st class rank. The boys bring these skills back to the troop and use them through a leadership position, and they include planning, communication, effective teaching, and understanding the needs and characteristics of a group and its members. Scouting builds character, enhances citizenship and strengthens mental and physical ability.

What is the instructional setting for Scouting?

Historically, much of scouting has taken place in the out of doors, and that tradition continues today with campouts, hikes and camporee’s. Balancing those outings are troop meetings, where skill instruction, practice and teaching occur to help prepare for the indoor and outdoor life experiences.

What are the benefits of Scouting?

• Having fun.
• Making new friends.
• Fun time with adult scouter’s.
• Fun time with your fellow scouts.
• Learning cool new things.
• Earning achievement awards.
• Becoming good citizens.
• Encouraging spiritual growth.
• Positive character development.
• Encourage good sportsmanship.
• Pride in strong mind and body.
• Build relationships.
• Learn respect for others.
• Be helpful and do one’s best.
• Learning, camping, safety etc.
• Learning about environment.
• Keeping our community clean.

Is scouting relevant for tomorrow?

In the future Scouting will continue to:
• Offer young people responsible fun an adventure;
• Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
• Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership
• Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

What is a parents perspective on scouting?

Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.

A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 percent of men who were Scouts in their youth agree that the values they learned in Scouting continue to be very important to them today. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience. Half of the group say Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader.

As youth, Scouts are taught to live by a code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of the Scout Law, and they continue to live by these laws in adulthood.

Trustworthy: The majority of Scouts agreed that Scouting has taught them always to be  honest (75 percent) and to be a leader (76 percent).
• Loyal: Eighty-eight percent of Scouts are proud to live in the USA, and 83 percent say spending time with family is important to them.
• Helpful: Eight out of 10 Scouts surveyed believed that helping others should come before their own self-interest.
• Friendly: Eighty percent of Scouts say that Scouting has taught them to treat others with respect and (78 percent) to get along with others.
• Courteous: Almost nine of 10 Scouts (87 percent) believe older people should be treated with respect.
• Kind: Most Scouts agree (78 percent) Scouting has taught them to care or other people, while 43 percent say their skills in helping other people in need are “excellent.”
• Obedient: Boys in Scouting five years or more are more likely than boys who have never been in Scouts to reject peer pressure to hang out with youth they know commit delinquent acts (61 percent vs. 53 percent).
• Cheerful: Overall, Scouts are happy with their schools (78 percent) and their neighborhoods (79 percent). However, because Scouting builds such high ideals in youth, Scouts are less satisfied than non-Scouts with the state of the world today (47 percent vs. 52 percent).
• Thrifty: More than eight out of 10 Scouts (82 percent) say that saving money for the future is a priority.
• Brave: Eighty percent of Scouts say Scouting has taught them to have confidence in themselves, and 51 percent rate their self-confidence as “excellent.”
• Clean: Nearly the same number of Scouts (79 percent) agrees that Scouting has taught them to take better care of the environment and that Scouting has increased their interest in physical fitness.
• Reverent: Scouting experience also influences religious service attendance. Eighty-three percent of men who were Scouts five or more years say attending religious services together as a family is “very important,” versus 77 percent of men who had never been Scouts.




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