Our Shared Beliefs and Obligations

We believe Scouting is…

Walking the walk
It’s not enough to wear the uniform or “talk the talk” of Scouting values. As Scouts and Scout Leaders, we are expected to live the Scout Law every minute of every day. That’s a high standard of conduct, but we believe our country will be a better place when more aspire to meet this mark. This is especially important when “walking the walk” is hard to do.

A powerful partner for parents
Scouting is a powerful combination of the fun and adventure all boys crave and the values all parents want for their sons. As Lord Baden-Powell said, Scouting delivers “games with a purpose.” As Scout Leaders, we embrace this approach and are committed to teaching the Scout Law in partnership with parents in a shared mission to build fine young men.

A uniquely valuable experience.
While we value the many activities that boys are involved in today, we believe that Scouting – when delivered to its fullest potential – is one of the finest, most comprehensive experiences available to boys and their parents. There’s simply no match for the bonds that are forged or the exhilaration that is achieved when summits are reached, both literally and figuratively.

A call to service and compassion.
Scouting should inspire selfless acts of service to others. Every opportunity should be seized to encourage Scouts to consider the needs of others and be cheerful in their compassionate response. As giving Half to Heroes teaches us, deeper meaning can be found and teachable moments can be discovered when we engage in efforts “bigger than ourselves.” Scouting is rich with such opportunities – and we must seize every one.

A call to service and compassion.
Scouts and Scout Leaders should always “do their best” as the Cub Scout motto commands, but they should be honest to themselves, searching their own hearts for personal validation. Doing one’s best is not simply doing, but making one’s maximum effort and giving one’s all. “Do your best” is not a minimum standard or an excuse for low performance; it is a personal challenge to high achievement.

The Scout Law

A Scout is…

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.