The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Boy Scout Oath and Law. It is the Vision of the Great Trail Council to reinforce traditional family values through the delivery of Boy Scout programs that will foster creativity, promote family unity, and inspire and motivate our Boy Scouts to develop the skills that will provide the foundation needed to become productive citizens. More than 11,000 youth in over 300 units are guided by more than 5,000 adult volunteers, all focused on a common vision of building a brighter future for themselves and their communities. Want to join Scouting in your area? Click here.
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.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal,
helpful, friendly, courteous, kind,
obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
"The Scoutmaster's number one job, in plain English, is to help his Scouts run a good troop, and thus to get what they joined to get: exciting outdoor action and fun. But beyond this boy-level point of view are three adult-level aims that form the bedrock of the American Scouting movement. We call them simply the three aims of Scouting, for they represent the long-term Scouting outcomes we want for every boy who joins. They will therefore underlie everything we do."The Scoutmaster Handbook
The Boy Scouts of America provides a number of programs for boys 5 to 20 years old and girls 14 to 20. We also have programs for disadvantaged youth or children with special needs. If you are looking for something that will give your child a positive, educational, and fulfilling experience that will last through their adulthood, then Scouting is the place to be.
The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America - incorporated on February 8, 1910, and chartered by Congress in 1916 - is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness. Read more about Scouting History...