The Value of Scouting

Boy Scouts of America Troop 699

Scouting is a values-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty. Scouts learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others. For almost a century, Scouting has instilled in young men the values and knowledge that they will need to become leaders in their communities and country.

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.

Scout Law

A Scout is …

trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,
thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

The Building Blocks of Scouting

Scouting is based on life skills education, leadership development, citizenship, and values training. Its unique methods of program presentation are designed to help build youth with strong character who are physically fit and prepared to be good citizens.

Advancement

The Scouting USA provides recognition for Scout achievements. The advancement program allows Scouts to progress from rank to rank.

Community Organizations and Scouting Councils

Scouting teaches skills that help youth develop into quality citizens. Organizations that are interested in nurturing youth for the betterment of the community will find Scouting to be a positive form of community outreach.

Personal Growth

Scout-age youth experience dramatic physical and emotional growth. Scouting offers them opportunities to channel much of that change into productive endeavors and to find the answers to many of their questions.

Leadership

Scouting USA is a youth-led, youth-run organization, but the youths must be trained to be leaders. One of the Scoutmaster’s most important responsibilities…

The Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow serves as Scouting’s National Honor Society. More than 176,000 members strong, the Order recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives

The Outdoors

Scouting provides many opportunities for young men ages 11 through 17 to help plan and participate in rugged outdoor adventures. From day hikes to camporees and summer camp, the troop plans activities that match the interests and abilities of the Scouts

The Patrol Method

Patrols are the building blocks of a Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of youths who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success.

Disabilities Awareness – Serving Scouts With Disabilities

The basic premise of Scouting for youth with special needs is that every youth wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the troop. While there are, by necessity, troops exclusively composed of Scouts with disabilities, experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every youth is part of a patrol in a regular troop.