Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program*
The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred
to as the "Aims of Scouting." They are character development,
citizenship training, and personal fitness.
The methods 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 elected representatives.
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
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.
If this sounds good to you and you want further information about how
you can join Troop 9, simply click the Contact Us link on the left,
or call 781-337-4097 for more information.
We meet at the Pond Plain Improvement Association, 330 Pond Street,
South Weymouth MA every Thursday night between 7:45pm and 9:15 pm. You
are welcome to stop by and observe one of our meetings at any time.
We hope to see you soon.
*For more information about The
Boy Scouts of America see their web site.