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.
What is now the area of the Rocky Mountain Council, BSA had the Scouting program as early as 1914 with the formation of Troop 1. The Pueblo Council (as it was named, then) was granted a first-class charter (the first of its kind in this area of the U.S.) in March 1920. Its jurisdiction quickly expanded, and it evolved into the Rocky Mountain Council, formed in March 1920, covering ~30,000 square miles in 19 counties. Currently the Rocky Mountain Council partners with over 100 community organizations that support Scouting and serve ~1500+ youth.
"I've learned from Scouting that character counts, always, everywhere. Character must be modeled for others and it must be taught. Also that a well-articulated code like the Oath and Law makes it easier to live a virtuous life." - Youth Participant
"I've learned patience, perseverance, and leadership and have benefited greatly from meeting many physical and mental challenges in arduous tasks. I cherish the memories of wilderness places visited and relationships that were strengthened by sharing the experiences. - Adult leader
"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.