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BOY SCOUTING METHODS

Means: The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, Motto and Slogan. The 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 he becomes.

Patrols: The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places a certain amount of responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it. The patrol method allows Scouts to act in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups help determine troop activities through their elected representatives.

Outdoor program: Boy Scouting is designed to take place in the outdoors. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings can be put to practical use. Being close to nature helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and mankind's place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature's resources. In fact, it is only by participating in these activities that a boy can develop his full potential.

Advancement: Boy Scouting's advancement program provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps to overcome. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he overcomes each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self- confidence. He also gains knowledge in a variety of areas through his work on certain skills and merit badges. The steps in the advancement method help a boy grow in self-reliance and the ability to help others.

Personal Growth: As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth methods of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do Good Turns for others. There is probably no device so successful in developing a basis for personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious awards program also plays a large part in the personal growth methods. In addition, frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

Association with Respected Adults: Boys learn from the example of their adult leaders. In his quest for manhood, every boy needs contact with men he can copy. Providing good examples of manhood is one of the methods of Scouting. The Scoutmaster and his assistants provide the best example by striving to live up to the Scout Oath and Law themselves. Boy Scouts of America has also realized that, in our rapidly changing society, boys can also learn good character and skills from adult female leaders. Therefore, females are invited to participate in any of the adult leadership positions in the troop.