Scouts BSA Program Ideals

The ideals of Scouts BSA are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, and the Scout Slogan.

The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.

The Scout Oath (or Promise)

    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.

The Scout Law

A Scout is . . .

Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.

Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.

Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.

Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.

The Scout Motto

    Be Prepared

The Scout Slogan

    Do a Good Turn Daily

The Outdoor Code

    As an American, I will do my best to —

    BE CLEAN in my outdoor manners.

    BE CAREFUL with fire.

    BE CONSIDERATE in the outdoors.