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Aims of the Boy Scouts of America

Since the Boy Scouts of America began in 1910 millions of boys and young men have enjoyed what Scouting has to offer. They have been on memorable camping trips and learned how to live with nature, not against it. They have earned numerous awards and been recognized for countless achievements. But most of all, these young men have had a lot of FUN, and possibly learned a few things in the process.

To have fun is an important part of the B.S.A., but it is only one of the methods used to accomplish the three aims of the Boy Scouts organization. These aims are:   
        1) To build character,
        2) To foster citizenship, and
        3) To develop fitness.

The first aim, to build character, is a tough one to accomplish at times. One dictionary describes character as “moral or ethic quality.” Another states that it is “qualities of honesty, courage, and integrity.” Scouting adds four traits to this list; self reliance, self discipline, self confidence, and self- respect. When a boy begins to develop these he begins to develop character.

The second aim, to foster citizenship, is to develop an active participation in one's community. The individual ‘Good Turn’ done by the Scout is one way that this is done. Another is the troop service project which could include litter cleanup, tree planting, food drives, and visiting the elderly. Scouts also receive something in scouting that every good citizen needs; the chance to practice and develop his leadership skills by serving in troop and patrol leadership positions.

The third aim, to develop fitness, covers more then just being physically fit. Scouting understands that there are four kind of fitness: physical, mental, moral, and emotional.  The B.S.A. is one of the few organizations that strives to help boys develop in each of these areas.

These aims cannot be met by the Scouting organization alone. It takes the cooperation of the troop leadership, the charter partner, and the parents.
That's right, the parents. The B.S.A. is not a Baby-sitting clinic. Successful troops have parents who are willing to help out their fair share. These troop's parents encourage their sons to participate and try their best.

Welcome to what we consider to be a successful troop. Welcome to Scouting!