What is a Boy Scout

A SCOUT IS...
  • A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
  • A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
  • A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
  • A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
  • A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
  • A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
  • A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
  • A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
  • A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  • A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
  • A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  • A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

A SCOUT'S OATH
The Boy Scout Oath has three main clauses which are good to remember and may help you understand that the oath is meant to cover all parts of your life:
 
Duty to God and Country 
The core of your being is your relationship with God. Your family and religious leaders teach you about knowing and serving God and you do your duty by following their teachings and being a good family member. Your duty to your country is being a good citizen, obeying the laws, working to make it a stronger nation, and defending it and its principals.
 
Duty to Other People
Doing your Good Turn each day, looking for people that could use a hand, and providing aid for community services are all ways to help others. We are obligated to help those that can not help themselves and helping with a cheerful spirit builds our own character.
 
Duty to Self
Caring for yourself physically, mentally, and morally will result in a more rewarding life. Only you can control how you respond to challenges, hardships, and pleasures - and being strong in body, mind, and spirit will aid you in handling anything that comes your way.