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The Aims and Methods of Scouting (BSA)

Scouting isn't just a fun outdoor program. As Baden-Powell said, it's a game with a purpose. The Boy Scouts of America expresses that purpose as three general aims. To carry out those aims, Scout troops use eight methods, the combination of which makes Scouting unique.

The information and explanations below are taken from the BSA's Scoutmaster Handbook (copyright 1998).

Aims of Scouting

Methods of Scouting

According to the Scoutmaster's Handbook, "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. A Scout troop functions best when all eight methods are employed." [italics mine]

BSA Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.