The Methods of Scouting


Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation’s role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.The Aims of Scouting

  1. Character Development
  2. Citizenship Training
  3. Mental and Physical Fitness

The 8 Methods of the Scouting movement are the means through which the Aims of Scouting are achieved:

  1. Scouting Ideals
  2. Patrols
  3. Outdoors
  4. Advancement
  5. Personal Growth
  6. Adult Association
  7. Leadership Development
  8. Uniform

The aims of the movement can be attained without these methods, but it wouldn’t be Scouting. Likewise, these methods can produce quality individuals without the aims. But, again that wouldn’t be Scouting. Scouting is in fact a combination of these aims and these methods.

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