Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives, and the values by which they live.
The following purposes, aims, and methods clearly outline how Scouting has been able to help youth grow and reach their fullest potential. By their participation, they have gained responsibility, learned to be contributing citizens in their communities, learned right from wrong, become healthier, and become better students. Adhering to the Scout Oath and Law daily provides them with a strong values system.
●Positively influences character development and encourages spiritual growth
●Helps boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship
●Encourages good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body
●Improves understanding within the family
●Strengthens boys’ ability to get along with other boys and respect other people
●Fosters a sense of personal achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills that will be useful as they grow
●Shows how to be helpful and do one’s best in and out of the classroom
●Provides fun and exciting new things to do
●Prepares boys to become Boy Scouts
The Aims and Methods of the Scouting Program include:
●Ideals – These are spelled out in the Scout Oath and Law, the Scout motto (Be Prepared), and the Scout slogan (Do a Good Turn Daily). The Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve.
●Patrols – The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places responsibility on the Scouts’ shoulders and teaches them how to accept it.
●Outdoor Programs – Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in this setting that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another This outdoor laboratory bring the skills learned during indoor meetings come alive. Through their engagement they learn to become more environmentally conscious.
●Advancement – Boy Scouts provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement program. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help the Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. Advancement requirements align very closely with Virginia’s Standards of Learning for grades 1 through 12 and help improve study habits and classroom performance.
●Association with Adults – Boys learn a great deal by watching how adults conduct themselves. Scout leaders become positive role models (mentors) and by listening to boys, encouraging them and taking a sincere interest in them, they can make a profound difference in their lives.
●Personal Growth – As 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. The religious emblems program also is a large part of the personal growth method.
●Leadership Development – The Scouting program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills. Every Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership situations at Troop Meetings and activities. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.
●Uniform – Wearing the Scout uniform demonstrates the Scout’s commitment to the aims and purposes of Scouting. The uniform puts all Scouts on a level playing field. For Multicultural youth the council provides uniform shirts so that they may feel like other Scouts and it also provides a place to display rank advancements.
The Methods of Venturing include:
●Leadership – All Venturers are given opportunities to learn and apply proven leadership skills. Venturing is youth run.
●Group Activities – Venturing activities are interdependent group experiences in which success is dependent on the cooperation of all. Learning by “doing” in a group setting provides opportunities for developing new skills.
●Adult Association – The youth officers lead the crew but work closely with adult Advisors and other adult leaders (mentors) in a spirit of partnership.
●Recognition – This comes through the Venturing advancement program and through the acknowledgement of a youth’s competence and ability by peers and adults
●The Ideals – Venturers are expected to know and live by the Venturing Oath and Code. They promise to be faithful in religious duties, treasure their American heritage, to help others and to seek truth and fairness.
●High Adventure – High Adventure provides team-building opportunities, new meaningful experiences, practical leadership application, and life-long memories.
●Teaching Others – All Venturing Awards require teaching what they have learned to others. When they teach others, they are better able to retain the skill or knowledge they taught, they gain confidence in their ability to speak and relate to others and they acquire skills that can benefit them for the rest of their lives as a hobby or occupation.
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