ABOUT US - Delivering the Promise

The first acquisition a new Scout is likely to make is his personal copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The handbook is a book of dreams, dreams of "Adventure . . . hiking along trails . . . backpacking in the wilderness...canoeing across a misty lake or down a rushing river . . . a patrol bike-hike . . . a plunge into a cool mountain lake." It also talks of being prepared to help others, and of the values Scouting stands for. It tells a new Scout that he will have a voice in how his troop operates and may even have the opportunity to lead.

How do we fulfill the promise for these Scouts? The Scout Oath and Law are central to our operation. Our program-primarily developed by the Scouts - is one in which boys can truly be leaders and be involved in shaping their future and the future of others around them.   Our program is designed to be exciting and challenging, one that every Scout wants to tell his friends about. The program includes camping, backpacking, canoeing, rafting, cycling, snorkeling, caveing... just about any Scouting activity the Scouts want to do. 

Our approach to Scouting is based upon the principal that Scouting is a program for boys run by boys.  Our goal is to impart morals and values to our youth. We consider mastery of life skills and exploration of individual potential on the part of the Scouts to be the keys to our Scouting success.  But at the same time we never forget that Scouting is a game - Scouting is  fun.  That Scouting is a Game with a Purpose was first mentioned in the Boy Scouts of America's third edition of Handbook for Scoutmasters in 1936, written by William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt: 

Here, then, is Scouting in a nutshell:  A game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up who has still the enthusiasm of youth in him.   A purposeful game, but a game just the same, a game that develops  character by practice, that trains for citizenship through experience in the out-of-doors

We stress Scouting Ideals; we have a robust outdoor program; we encourage advancement; we facilitate personal growth; we cultivate leadership development, and we always try to have fun.

We try our best to deliver on the promise!

 Scout Oath

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.

The Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. 

DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.

Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points.

DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.

DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.

Scout Law
A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
A Scout is Kind.
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout is Brave.
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Scout is Clean.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is Reverent.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others. 

Mission Statement

We share the mission of the Boy Scouts of America:

to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Vision Statement

We have adopted the vision statement of the Boy Scouts of America:

we will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

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