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.
Scout Oath: 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.
Scout Law: A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
In 1909, Chicago publisher William D. Boyce lost his way in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding the man, refused a tip, explaining that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910.
The Denver Area Council serves the Denver metro area covering ten counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park Counties. The Denver Area Council continues to grow and currently serves over 60,000 youth and adult volunteer leaders.
"Scouting prepared me for life by interaction with people.
Learning different ideas and cultures. That is why I think it is so important for this organization to continue to grow. My son is an Eagle Scout. Hind site being what it is, I realized I missed out not finishing Scouting."
- Michael Zopes
Scouting Prepared Me For Life By:
"Scouting has prepared me for life by helping me as a father to provide a path that my sons can follow that provides them a better understanding of morals and ethics."
" Scouting skills have helped me and put me way ahead of the curve during my military experiences, college courses, as well as my everyday life. It has been the networking, and finding ways to work and understand people that I really feel has benefited me that most. The people skills and the life lessons are skills that I always carry with me, and always use."
"Boy Scouts allowed me to come out of my "shell" and finally begin to grow into the man I am today. Boy Scouts taught me how to be more independent, confident, caring, and mentally strong. Even more importantly, Boy Scouts taught me how to be a team-player; a skill that has come in handy in each of the three most important aspects of my life: family, work, and school."
"Along with being raised by great parents in a living home, Scouting laid the foundation of principles and values that I live by - Scouting taught me to care for other people, taught me about my relationship with God, taught me about my place as a citizen in the community, and how to work hard. I am a better leader today because I was a Boy Scout."