Vision Statement
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.´╗┐

Teaching Life Skills in a Values-Based Environment
Scouting is a values-based program with its own code of conduct. A boy who spends one year in a Scout troop will learn lifetime skills. He will learn basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship training, leadership skills, self-reliance, and how to get along with others. Scouting will prepare him to live a more productive and fulfilling life.´╗┐

The Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America

The BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who:
  • Are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit
  • Have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness
  • Have personal values based on religious concepts
  • Have the desire and skills to help others
  • Understand the principals of the American social, economic, and governmental systems
  • Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world
  • Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people
  • Are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society

The Methods of Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America uses eight fundamental methods to meet boys' hope for fun and adventure, and to achieve Scouting's aims of encouraging character development, citizenship, and mental and physical fitness:
  1. Ideals: Oath - Law - Motto - Slogan
  2. Patrols: Peer groups - elected representation - activities
  3. Outdoors: All outdoor programs
  4. Advancement: Self-reliance - ability to help others - challenge
  5. Adult Association: Image - role model - example
  6. Personal Growth: Good Turn - service projects - religious emblems
  7. Leadership Development: Leadership skills and practice - citizenship
  8. Uniform: Commitment to aims - identity´╗┐