Aims of Scouting

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All levels of the Scouting program share four specific objectives called the Aims of Scouting: (1) character development, (2) citizenship training, (3) physical and mental fitness, and (4) leadership development.[1][2]


Character Development

  • Encompasses a Scout's personal qualities, values, and outlook
  • A Scout learns confidence, honesty, self-reliance, and self respect.
  • A Scout learns to respect others regardless of their differences.
  • A Scout practices their own religious beliefs.

Citizenship Training

  • Citizenship refers to the Scout's relationship to others.
  • Scouts work among others, in a unit, with rules based on the common good.
  • Scouts learn about and take pride in our national heritage.
  • Scouts understand social, economic, and governmental systems.
  • Scouts learn about service, tolerance, and community involvement.
  • Teaches a Scout to appreciate and preserve the environment.

Mental and Physical Fitness

  • A Scout improves their physical condition through exercise and outdoor activities.
  • A Scout encourages good health habits and discourages drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
  • A Scout learns sound judgment, resourcefulness, and decision making skills to improve the mental condition.

Leadership Development

  • A Scout learns the skill of teaching and leading so that they can help others and themselves achieve goals.
  • A Scout learns to draw on their strengths, be open to new ideas, and put their heart into the goal of making the troop the best it can be.
  • A Scout gains the skills of communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

See also


  1. The Training Times (Winter 2019), pg. 3. Published November 27, 2018. "A fourth aim of Scouting, Leadership Development, has been added to the other three (Character Development, Citizenship Training, and Physical and Mental Fitness)." Accessed: March 4,2019.
  2. Aims and Methods | Boy Scouts of America, "The Aims of Scouting are: Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership," Accessed: March 4, 2019
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