Scouting reinforces the skills and values we want our sons to learn while they're having fun. Our goal at Troop 319 is to continually develop a program that will challenge the youth of our community to make a difference in the environment they live. Scouting goes far beyond camping, canoeing, hiking, earning merit badges, rank advancement. Scouting is a way of life, a set of values and standards we try to teach these young men.
If we are able to influence our youth with the right values, morals and standards now, this will
become their way of thinking which will govern how they make decisions in the future. At some point in our future, these same young men will be making decisions, judgments, laws, and other life changing actions that will affect our lives. Those
decisions will be in our best interest if we have given them the proper foundation to build their way of thinking and reasoning.
Boy Scouts achieve the objectives of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.
Boy Scouts understand and respect the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, the Scout Slogan and the Outdoor Code. The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for youth.
Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. Boy Scouts achieve a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness. Their personal values are based on religious concepts. Scouts have the desire and skills to help others. They understand the principles of our social, economic, and governmental systems and are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world. Boy Scouts have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people and are prepared to participate in and provide leadership in society.
There are extensive special opportunities for Boy Scouts. These include wilderness adventures at High Adventure Camps like Philmont. Advanced Leadership Training such as Woodbadge and Leader Specific Training. There are National Jamborees and International Jamborees where Scouts congregate to share their experiences and enthusiasm. Summer Camp programs offer a broad range of experiences – including renowned Camp Emerald Bay Scout Camp on Catalina Island operated by the Western Los Angeles County Council, BSA. There are even International Scout Facilities in England and Switzerland .