The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
Aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness
Methods of Scouting: The eight methods are the ideals (Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan), patrol method, outdoors, advancement, association with adults, personal growth, leadership development, and the uniform.
Scout Oath (or 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.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Do a good turn daily
Overview of Chartered Organizations
Civic, faith-based, and educational organizations operate Scouting units to deliver the programs to their youth members, as well as the community at large.
Approximately 115,000 Scouting units are owned and operated by chartered organizations. Of these:
68.4 percent of all units are chartered to faith-based organizations
26.5 percent of all units are chartered to civic organizations
8.2 percent of all units are chartered to educational organizations
Responsibilities of chartered organizations include:
Providing adequate meeting facilities.
Providing quality leadership for the Scouting unit.
Appointing a chartered organization representative to coordinate all Scouting unit operations within the organization.
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