The purpose of the Scouts (BSA) is to provide boys and girls with an effective educational program designed to build character, to train them in the responsibilities of citizenship, and develop personal fitness. Through chartered organizations, Cub Scouting provides a year round, home centered program that has helped to strengthen families since 1930. Today, there are approximately 7.5 million registered scouts in the United States, and 28 million worldwide. The Cub Scouting program is for boys and girls from 5 years old (Kindergarten) to 11 years old (5th grade). The program focuses on preparing them to become better adults through activities based on nature, hobbies, games, camping, preparation for Scouts BSA, and above all, character.
In the Cub Scouting program, boys/girls, families, leaders, and chartered organizations all work together to achieve the 10 purposes of Cub Scouting, using 12 core values.
Purposes of Cub Scouting:
- To influence the development of a the child's character.
- To encourage spiritual growth.
- To help them develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship.
- To encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in both mind and body.
- To improve understanding within the family.
- To strengthen the their ability to get along with others and respect other people.
- To foster a sense of personal achievement by helping them develop new interests and skills.
- To show them how to be helpful and to do one's best.
- To provide fun and exciting new things for boys and girls to do.
- To prepare them to transition into a troop in the Scouts BSA program.
12 Core Values:
| ||Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities. |
| ||Being kind and considerate and showing concern for the well-being of others. |
| ||Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal. |
| ||Being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, difficulties, or the consequences. |
| ||Having inner strength and confidence based on your trust in God. |
6. Health & Fitness:
| ||Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit. |
| ||Telling the truth and being worthy of trust. |
| ||Sticking with something and not giving up, no matter how difficult it might be. |
9. Positive Attitude:
| ||Being cheerful and setting our minds to look for and find the best in all situations. |
| ||Using all our resources to the fullest. |
| ||Showing regard for the worth of something or someone. |
| ||Fulfilling our Duty to God, country, other people and ourselves. |
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
As a parent, you want your son/daughter to grow up to be a person of worth; a self reliant, dependable, caring individual. The Scouting program has these same goals in mind for your son. Since 1910, Scouting has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth.
These values will help your son/daughter make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give them the confidence they need to become an adult leader of tomorrow. Scouting will provide your son/daughter with a positive peer group and a program that is fun and adventurous and help them to "be prepared" and "do their best" in their life to shape their own future.