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The "Three Purposes" of the Boy Scouts of America 

The purposes of the corporation are to promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies:

1) The ability of boys to do things for themselves and others,

2) To train them in Scoutcraft,

3) To teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues,

using the methods that were in common use by boy scouts on June 15, 1916.

(Our Congressional Charter, Sec. 30902).


Moving from Scoutcraft to Soccer

"Camping is not necessarily a big thing with them, as a matter of fact in some cases it is not big at all. So we need to kind of think about, is it more important that we reach that child with the kind of things we have for children and we have for families in character development and leadership skill growth and all of those things? Or is it more important that we get them in a tent next week? And so I think the answer to that is fairly obvious to us.

"...when we say 'we want to take your twelve-year-old son but you can't come' we're making a mistake there. We have to engage an entire family... For example one of our pilot programs over the last recent years has been Scouting and soccer...

"It's crucial to us that we recognize the importance of hiring bilingual staff ... to give traction to these programs, and that's a major resource issue for us and one that we are willing to invest in as we go forward... We are deadly serious.  We are absolutely serious about this."

(Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca)

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Computers: Sitting Side by Side with Adults of Character

"Our goal is not to teach someone to rub two sticks together and make a fire. But when you rub two sticks together and make a fire side by side with an adult of good character, you're going to learn about who you are and go on to lead men...

"You can teach a kid about character and leadership using aerospace and computers. The secret is to get them side by side with adults of character.

"We run the risk of becoming irrelevant if we don't adapt to things that attract kids today... We recognize the evolving science of leadership. We've had CEOs on our board say they want to send their people to Wood Badge, our adult leader training program, because we use state-of-the-art techniques."

(Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca)


On the Boy Scout Methods of June 15, 1916

"Did you know that there was a time when to be a First Class Scout--you guys didn't know this I bet--did you guys have to learn how to catch a runaway horse to be a First Class Scout?  When was the last time you saw a runaway horse?"

Chorus from the Audience: "Tuesday"

"Tuesday? Whoa! OK. Oh, that's right! This is Amish country, isn't it? So what do we mean by being 'Prepared. For Life'?  Obviously we don't have to learn how to catch a runaway horse anymore. That's not an important skill!"

(Chief Scout Executive Robert Mazzuca)


First Class Requirement: "Know how to help in case of runaway horse."

"The methods that were in common use by Boy Scouts on June 15, 1916"







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