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The Purpose of the Boy Scouts of America

It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America to provide boys with an effective program designed to build desirable qualities of character, to train them in the responsibilities of citizenship, and to develop personal fitness, thus to help in the development of American citizens who: 
  1. Are physically, mentally and emotionally fit. 
  2. Have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage and resourcefulness. 
  3. Have personal values firmly based on religious concepts. 
  4. Have the desires and the skills to help others. 
  5. Understand the principles of the American social, economic and governmental system. 
  6. Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand America's role in the world. 
  7. Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people. 
  8. Are prepared to fulfill the varied responsibilities of participating in and giving leadership to American society and in the forums of the world.
The Boy Scouts of America accomplishes this purpose by making its program available in partnership with existing groups having compatible goals including religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, and governmental bodies.