What is Scouting?
Education for Life
Scouting complements the school and the family, filling needs not met by either. Scouting develops self-knowledge and the need to explore, to discover, and to want to know. Scouts discover the world beyond the classroom, tapping the skills of others to learn and to become well-rounded people.
Fun with a Purpose
Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Scouting is all about building confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and fun! Scouts learn how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions so that they are prepared for their adult life as independent persons.
A Worldwide Movement
There are Scout associations and branches in more than 216 countries and territories. Scouting has never stopped growing since its founding in 1907. Today there are more than 25 million Scouts. Over 300 million people have been members in the more than 90 years since Scouting was founded. While Scouting is adapted to local needs and culture, its Purpose, Principles, and Method are the same world wide.
Open to All
Scouting is open to all without distinction of origin, race, class, or creed, provided that the person voluntarily adheres to Scouting's Principles.
A Code of Living
Scouting's Principles describe a simple code of living to which all Scouts make a personal commitment through the Scout Promise and Law. Scouting helps Scouts learn how to carry out their commitment in everyday life. This approach to life has three dimensions:
- A Spiritual Dimension — A commitment to seek the spiritual value of life beyond the material world.
- A Social Dimension — Participating in the development of society, and respecting the dignity of others and the integrity of the natural world. Promoting local, national, and international peace, understanding, and cooperation.
- A Personal Dimension — Developing a sense of personal responsibility and stimulating the desire for responsible self-expression.
The Scout Method
Scouting's purpose is achieved by the use of the Scout Method, which is a system of progressive self-education through:
- A Promise and Law — Making a personal commitment.
- Learning by doing — Active participation with others. Opportunities for new experiences.
- Membership of small groups — In Packs, Dens, Troops, or patrols to develop leadership, group skills, and individual responsibility.
- Progressive and stimulating programs — Progressive activities based on the interests of young people. Activities in contact with nature, a rich learning environment where simplicity, creativity, and discovery come together to provide adventure and challenge.
The Elements at Work
Cubs, and Scouts have weekly meetings and other events, such as weekend camps and fun days. Meetings are filled with games, skills, crafts, and other activities. Adult volunteer Scouters operate the program with the help of parents and other volunteers. Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Explorers, with the assistance of an adult Adviser, take responsibility for planning and running their own activities.
An Opportunity for Adults
Scouting depends on its adult volunteer Scouters for its operation. Adults can get involved as section Scouters, working directly with the kids; as Group Committee members, administering the Scout Group on a local level; or as council members, support team members, and trainers, working behind the scenes to support the section Scouters. It is a chance to help young people grow and become better people, and a way to improve the understanding between generations. In their service, adult Scouters get valuable training and experience, adding to their personal development.
The Mission of Scouting
The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
This is achieved by
- involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process;
- using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person;
- assisting them to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law.