Mission


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 Law.

Cub Scouting


Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade you are in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? This is just the place. You can learn to tie knots, set up a tent, shoot a bow and arrow (archery). Have you ever cooked a meal on a campfire? Sent a secret code to a buddy? Built a birdhouse? Played Ultimate? Hiked? Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts.

The program also helps boys in this age group to:
  • Learn new physical skills through sports, crafts, and games
  • Learn how to get along with others through group activities
  • Develop new mental skills such as writing and calculating
  • Develop personal independence
  • Learn to make values-based decisions that assist them throughout their adult life

Scouting Statistics



A comparative study of the records of Scouts and non-Scouts in a sampling of schools and colleges shows that Scouts hold most of the major positions of leadership in the student body.  The survey resulted in the following statistics in regard to school officers bearing a large amount of responsibility:
  • Of senior class presidents, 89% were Scouts.
  • Of junior class presidents, 80% were Scouts.
  • Of business managers of school publications, 75% were Scouts.
  • Of student council presidents, 85% were Scouts.
  • Of school newspaper editors, 88% were Scouts.
  • Of editors of school annuals, 77% were Scouts.
  • Of basketball captains, 64% were Scouts.

Numbered among the alumni of the Boy Scouts of America are:

  • 64% of Air Force Academy graduates
  • 58% of West Point graduates
  • 70% of Annapolis graduates
  • 72% of Rhodes graduates
  • 85% of FBI agents

A previous survey of leaders revealed that seventeen of our United States Senators, over sixty of our Congressmen, eleven of our state Governors, fourteen of our senior military offices, and over 1700 chief executive officers/presidents/heads of corporations are all Eagle Scouts.

Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, 180 were Scouts or have been active in Scouting: 40 Eagle Scouts, 25 Life Scouts, 14 Star Scouts, 26 First Class Scouts, 17 Second Class Scouts, 13 Tenderfoot Scouts, three Explorers, 27 Cub Scouts, 10 Webelos Scouts, and five with unknown ranks.  Of the 12 men to physically walk the moon's surface, 11 were involved in Scouting.

Famous Ohio Eagle Scouts include:
  • Neal Armstrong, Astronaut, First man on the moon
  • Greg Lashutka, Ohio Governor
  • Sherrod Brown, US Senator
  • Steve Stivers, US Representative
  • Stephen Spielberg, Film Director, Producer

Quotes


"In the 30 years that I've been doing this for a living, I've never had a parent say to me, 'I regretted the time I spent with my son or child in Scouting.'"
          - Roy L. Williams, former Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America

"The Boy Scouts of America stands for a set of principles.  These principles have a lot of staying power.  The values you learn as a Scout are like a compass.  They can help you find your way through difficult and sometimes uncharted terrain.  The principles of Scouting give you a sense of what's important.  I feel I owe the Boy Scouts a great deal, both personally and professionally."
          - Bill Bradley, former US Senator, New Jersey

"The sport in Scouting is to find the good in every boy and develop it"
          -Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of Scouts