A Foundation Built by an Oath and Laws
Everyone knows that Scouting now offers exciting adventures for the whole family. Through various programs catering to all members of the household, parents and children are creating memories that will last a lifetime. Aside from stories to share across generations, Scouting provides youth with opportunities to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.
These opportunities help build a foundation when they are young that they will carry forward into their adult lives, leading to improved relationships, work and family lives and the values by which they live. Research shows that 83 percent of those who participated in Scouting in their youth agree that the values they learned continue to be very important to them today. Of those who remained in Scouting five or more years, 87 percent attributed some of their self-confidence in their work to their Scouting experience, and half the group believes Scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement. Furthermore, 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where their Scouting experience helped them be a better leader.
The foundation that Scouting provides is built upon a code of conduct exemplified by the Scout Oath and the 12 points of the Scout Law. The Scout Oath states, “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.” To help Scouts remain faithful to that Oath, they are encouraged to follow the 12 points of Scout Law.
A Scout is:
- Trustworthy: Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.
- Loyal: Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school and country.
- Helpful: Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
- Friendly: Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
- Courteous: Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
- Kind: Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
- Obedient: Follow the rules of your family, school and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
- Cheerful: Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
- Thrifty: Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies and natural resources wisely.
- Brave: Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
- Clean. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
- Reverent: Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
Locally, youth can learn more about Scouting as the Western Massachusetts Council hosts a “Join Scouts Day” on September 12, held at local libraries where youth can sign up for Scouting, interact with current members of the Scouting community and learn how Scouting is fun for the whole family!
To learn more about Scouting and how your family can become involved, visit wmascouting.org.