The scouting movement began in Great Britain in 1907 with the teachings of Lord Baden Powell. The teachings began as a method for training army scouts but were quickly adapted to encourage young boys to “be prepared” for life.
No one could have foreseen the impact scouting would have throughout the world. It only took six years for scouting to hit the shores of the United States. Now, more than 200 countries and territories all over the world are involved in scouting.
There are many changes within the scouting movement to keep it current with the times. There is one constant. The objective to provide values for life. That is what scouting is really all about.
The Values Instilled by Scouting
Scouting teaches many values. Some of those principles are:
- Respect – The scouting movement works on the premise of the wolf pack. The youth are taught to respect their leaders and the other members of the pack.
- Problem Solving – Scouting exposes its members to a great variety of challenges, “out in the wild” and in the community. Scouts learn to use ingenuity and resourcefulness to solve problems they encounter.
- Community Spirit – Members learn the meaning of giving back to their communities. They undertake a variety of public service activities with a focus on strengthening the community bond in which they live.
- Being Prepared – Scouts learn resourcefulness, ingenuity, training, and commitment. In that way, they are prepared to assist in many situations. This strengthens the individual as well as the communities in which they live.
One Hundred Years and Going Strong
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 1 in Wichita Falls, Texas has been going strong for 100 years. Thousands of young men and women have gone through their doors and on to lead positive lives. They contribute to their families, their communities, and their country.
The strength of BSA Troop 1 is a testament to the leadership that has been there for the young people. Their leaders have kept them from going astray or learning life lessons the hard way.
BSA Troop 1 stands as a pillar to what has come and what will be by teaching youth the value of lives. They exemplify what scouting is.
Scouting is known the world over and has been a stronghold for almost 110 years. It has instilled the values of life and prepared millions of young men and women the world over. We owe Lord Baden Powell a debt of gratitude. We also thank all the Scout Masters and thousands of people who have helped prepare our youth for a positive future.
For your enjoyment, here is the Scout Oath and Scout Law:
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.