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.
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and 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.
The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.
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.