The Boy Scouts of America is the most successful youth program in American history. It is different from many other programs, being a proven combination of fun, adventure and values. Boy Scouts grow up to be better, stronger members of their community and nation. Scouting serves all races and creeds, and how much money you have is not a factor. It does not matter if you are athletically gifted. Scouting is opportunity - the opportunity to succeed.
Boy Scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award and are at least 10 years old or have completed the Fifth Grade and are at least 10, or who are 11, but not yet 18 years old.
The Boy Scout program focuses on these objectives:
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.
The BSA program endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance. The Boy Scout program focuses on developing qualities such as:
The BSA program focuses on developing personal values based on religious concepts and fostering the desire and skills to help others. The Boy Scout program develops an understanding of the principles of American social, economic, and governmental systems. Boy Scouts are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; Boy Scouts have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.
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.