What Is the Scout Law and Oath?


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The Scout Oath is a promise made by Boy Scouts to follow Scout Law, to be helpful to others and to take care of themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. Scout Law states, "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

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Boy Scouts of America started in 1910 with the mission of helping boys learn how to be active citizens in their communities and how to take care of themselves and others. The program invites boys to participate in outdoor activities, educational experiences and community volunteering. Through these activities and the fellowship formed with other Scouts, boys learn self-reliance and how to be positive members of their communities. Boys earn merit badges to signify they have completed or learned various activities.

The Cub Scouts program is for boys ages 7 to 10, while the Boy Scouts program is for boys ages 10 to 18. Ten year-olds can advance from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts while still 10, but new Scouts must either have completed fifth grade or be 11 to join Boy Scouts.

Older Boy Scouts can advance to the rank of Eagle Scout by completing an independently designed community service project, in addition to having at least 21 Scout merit badges and exemplifying Scout Spirit by living out Scout Law.

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