The federal charter from Congress charges the Boy Scouts of America to make its program available to all those who are eligible, but recognizes that young people must become members in order to derive the benefits from the Scouting program. As a council, we must serve the membership and also actively recruit new members.
Since we are a membership organization, we must seek opportunities to retain and increase the membership in the Scouting programs. By inculcation of the high values and accepting of the philosophies offered by the Boy Scouts of America young people’s lives are changed by our program. Those who believe youngsters need what we have to offer will strive to touch the lives of as many young people as possible.
The Benefits of Youth Membership
- Access to an active, exciting fun-filled, and adventuresome program.
- Authorization to wear a distinctive uniform
- Ability to participate in advancement and recognition programs and gain awards for performance
- Use of the council camps and Cub Scout day camp with all their facilities
- Use of national high adventure bases.
- Participation in international, national and regional events, such as Jamborees and the National Order of the Arrow Conference.
- Opportunities for training in leadership, Scoutcraft skills, outdoor living skills, citizenship, swimming, etc.
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. In the future Scouting will continue to:
- Offer young people responsible fun an adventure;
- Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
- Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership
- Serve America’s communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
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.
Scout Law – A Scout is: