Aims and Methods of Scouting

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Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America

The purpose of the Corporation is as set forth in the original certificate of incorporation under the laws of the District of Columbia, dated February 8, 1910, and restated in the Act of Incorporation enacted by the Congress of the United States of America on June 15, 1916, as follows: “That the purpose of this Corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts.” In achieving this purpose, emphasis shall be placed upon its educational program and the oaths, promises, and codes of the Scouting program for character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness.
Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America Adobe Acrobat PDF, June 2018, Article I. General; Purpose; pg. 7

BSA Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Mission & Vision of the Boy Scouts of America

Aims of Scouting

Main article: Aims of Scouting

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

Methods of Cub Scouting

Methods of Scouts BSA

Main article: Methods of Scouts BSA

The Boy Scouts of America uses eight fundamental methods in the Scouts BSA program by which the aims are achieved and which provide fun and adventure to achieve Scouting's aims. The methods are listed below in random order to emphasize the equal importance of each.

  • Patrol Method
  • Ideals
  • Outdoor Program
  • Advancement
  • Adult Association
  • Personal Growth
  • Leadership Development
  • Uniform

Methods of Venturing

Updated June 1, 2014:

  • Leadership and Mentoring
  • Group Activities and Adventure
  • Recognition
  • Adult Association
  • The Ideals
  • Group Identity
  • Service

Methods of Sea Scouting

  • Ideals
  • Group Activities
  • Advancement
  • Adult Association
  • High Adventure, Outdoors, Nautical Activities
  • Uniform
  • Teaching Others
  • Leadership

Methods of Exploring

  • Voluntary association between youth and adults
  • Ethical decision-making guidance
  • Group activities
  • Recognition of achievement
  • Democratic processes
  • Interactive experiences

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