Sir Robert S. Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said, "Scouting is a game," and so it is. A game for young people led by men and women, but a game with a very serious and important aim. A boy joins Scouting primarily because he expects to have fun, so our game must be fun, but as a result of that fun, he is exposed to men and women of character, dedicated to the idea of helping young people grow into the best kind of citizens. Character Building, Citizenship Training, and Physical and Mental Fitness are our goals, and we must always keep these goals before us.
These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of brotherhood and comradeship primarily in an outdoor setting, because Scouting is an outdoor program. Boys, even in this space age, crave the fun, adventure, excitement and fellowship that can be found nowhere else in such full measure as woodland streams in a canoe or hiking a trail with their buddies and admired leader.
Leadership is developed only through opportunities to lead, and Scouting offers these opportunities in abundance. Through the experiences boys have today as Scouts, they are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow in this increasingly complex world.
The programs of character building and citizenship training were considered so important by the leaders of our nation that a federal charter was granted to the Boy Scouts of America by Congress. This charter charges the Boy Scouts of America with the responsibility of making the program available to every boy in America.