New to Scouting
Aims and Methods of the Scouting
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly
referred to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character
development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.
by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order
to emphasize the equal importance of each.
The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the
Scout Law, the Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout
measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve.
The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control
over what and who he becomes.
The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living
and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on young
shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows
Scouts to interact in small groups where members can easily relate
to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through
Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor
setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with
one another. In the outdoors the skills and activities practiced
at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature
helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for the beauty of the world
around us. The outdoors is the laboratory in which Boy Scouts learn
ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources.
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps
in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout
plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets
each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement,
which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement
system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability
to help others.
Associations With Adults
Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves.
Scout leaders can be positive role models for the members of the
troop. In many cases a Scoutmaster who is willing to listen to boys,
encourage them, and take a sincere interest in them can make a profound
difference in their lives.
As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals,
they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major
part of the personal growth method of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as
they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns
for others. Probably no device is as successful in developing a
basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious
emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method.
Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy
Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.
The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership
skills. Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both
shared and total leadership situations. Understanding the concepts
of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and
guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good
and creates a positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting
is an action program, and wearing the uniform is an action that
shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting.
The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood
of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical
attire for Boy Scout activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts
to wear the badges that show what they have accomplished.
Thousands of volunteer leaders, both men and women, are involved
in the Boy Scouting program. They serve in a variety of jobs--everything
from unit leaders to chairmen of troop committees, committee members,
merit badge counselors, and chartered organization representatives.
Like other phases of the program, Boy Scouting is made available
to community organizations having similar interests and goals. Chartered
organizations include professional organizations; governmental bodies;
and religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and
citizens' groups. Each organization appoints one of its members
as the chartered organization representative. The organization is
responsible for leadership, the meeting place, and support for troop
Who Pays for It?
Several groups are responsible for supporting Boy Scouting: the
boy and his parents, the troop, the chartered organization, and
the community. Boys are encouraged to earn money whenever possible
to pay their own expenses, and they also contribute dues to their
troop treasuries to pay for budgeted items. Troops obtain additional
income by working on approved money-earning projects. The community,
including parents, supports Scouting through the United Way, Friends
of Scouting campaigns, bequests, and special contributions to the
BSA local council. This income provides leadership training, outdoor
programs, council service centers and other facilities, and professional
service for units.
Whatever your camping interest might be, Circle Ten Council has
a gateway you can enter to fulfill a variety of outdoor program
adventures. Camping at our four beautiful camps: Camp Wisdom, James
Ray Scout Reservation, Camp Constantin/Jack D. Furst Aquatics Base,
and the Clements Scout Ranch is available to registered Boy Scouts,
Varsity, and Venture Scouts not only during the summer, but year
round and at no cost for the use of the facilities.
Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old.
The program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character,
citizenship, and personal fitness. In Boy Scouting, Scouts learn
life skills, explore the great outdoors, meet new friends, give
service to their communities, and much, much, more
What activities does Boy Scouting
Your organization will work most closely with the Boy Scout troop.
The troop includes all adult leaders and the boys who are divided
Most Troops meet every week and hold regonition ceremonies (Courts
of Honor) quarterly. Usually, in a meeting room provided by the
chartered organization, though troop meetings and activities are
often held outdoors when the weather permits. Parents/guardians/and
siblings attend the Court of Honor. This meeting follows a program
that includes opening and closing ceremonies, recognition of Scouts
who have earned ranks, merit badges, and other awards.
In addition to regular troop meetings, occasionally the troop or
individual patrol may take field trips and conduct service projects
or money-earning activities. During the summer, the troop will attend
a week long summer camp. Many troops also hold a family campout
once a year.
A patrol is a group of six to eight boys within the troop that meets
occasionally between troop meetings. In most instances, it is not
necessary for your organization to provide facilities for patrol
meetings and activities; patrols often meet at the patrol leader's
home or another location convenient to the members of the patrol.
Older Scouts (age 14 - 17), may participate in an older boy patrol.
These Scouts often mentor the younger scouts. Older boy patrols
will often attend a high adventure camp during the summer.
Interested? Send an e-mail to the Scoutmaster.