The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded in 1910, and more than 110 million Americans have participated in BSA programs since its inception. The BSA is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, providing programs for boys and girls that build character, confidence, and leadership skills. Whether it’s an adventure in the outdoors or learning about careers through hands-on experiences, Scouting is about spending quality time with peers, family, and volunteer leaders who are committed to investing in the future.
The BSA’s goal is to train boys and girls in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.
THE FOUNDATION OF SCOUTING
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 mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.