Boy Scouts

Lord Robert Baden-Powell developed a training method which resulted in the foundation of the Boy Scout Movement in 1907. Today, the Scouting Movement is a worldwide movement with the aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development so that they may play constructive roles in society.

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What is the 13th scout law?

No Scouting organization has more than 12 points in their version of the Scout Law. However some trainers have told new scoutmasters to 'remember the 13 point of the scout law...a scout is an adolescent.'

This mentoring is done to help the scouter remember to nurture rather than rebuke.

What is the lowest cub scout rank?

Cub Scouts are grouped by school year according to the rank they are currently working to earn. Tigers are in first grade, Wolves in send grade, Bears in thrid grade and Webelos in fourth and fifth grades. A few packs are piloting a new program for kindergarten aged boys called Lions.

The full range of Scout ranks is explained in the Path to Eagle on The link is provided below.

When a boy joines he must first earn his Bobcat Badge before he can receive any other rank.

What qualifies as service hours for Boy Scouts?

Anything that is helpful and you do not get paid for.

Added: The service should be approved by the Scoutmaster.

What is a Boy Scout leader called?

The Scoutmaster is in charge of the troop program and will have assistant Scoutmasters.

The troop committee chairman leads the troop committee which deals with administrative duties.

The main youth leadership positions within a scout troop are: Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader.

What Boy Scout merit badge is easiest?

First-year Scouts often earn the Basketry merit badge or Wood Carving merit badge at summer camp. Fingerprinting and Pets are also fairly easy.

Why do the Boy Scouts use the buddy system?

"The buddy system is a way for Scouts to look after one another, especially during outdoor adventures. When your troop goes swimming, for example, each scout will be assigned a buddy. You keep track of what your buddy is up to, and he know at all times where you are and how you are doing. Now and then a Scout leader might call for a buddy check. That means that you must immediately hold up the hand of your buddy. If anyone is missing, everyone will know right away. The buddy system should always be used when a troop or patrol is hiking, camping, and participating in any aquatics activities. It's a way of sharing the good times and preventing the bad." (The Boy Scout Handbook eleventh edition, pg. 57)

What should you bring to Boy Scout camp?

You Troop and/or the camp should be able to give you a more complete list. Some of it will depend on where and when you will be camping, what facilities are at the camp and what activities you will be doing.

Personal effects like toothpaste, a tooth brush, a comb or brush, soap and shampoo are always needed. A roll of toilette paper, even if they say there are facilities to use, is always worth the weight and space no matter what (A good tip is to take a half used roll off the spool at home and use it for back packing and space is more needed).

You should have enough changes of clothing.

Rain gear.

Flashlight and extra batteries

Bug spray.

Generally food is provided but you may need a cup or plate and utensils - check with the camp or troop.

Sleeping bag and pillow.

A first aid kit should be available complete with treatment for sunburn, Tylenol and or Motrin, allergy meds.

Any prescription meds you take.

Tents are usually provided but you should make sure.

Bathing suit if there will be water activities.

The merit badge books for the badges you will be working on would be good.

Cards/ books to read/ games to play in the down time.

How long does it take to become an eagle scout?

The minimum is about 28 months.

The requirements for the ranks of scout, tenderfoot, 2nd class and 1st class can be worked simultaneously and there is no specific time required. It is generally considered a sign of a high quality unit if many of their boys achieve 1st class status within a year. Many take longer.

Star rank requires 4 months as a 1st class scout

Life rank requires 6 months as a Star scout.

Eagle rank requires 6 months as a Life scout.

So it is possible to joint the boy Scouts at age 11, be 1st class by age 12 and earn the Eagle rank 16 months later at the age of 13 or 14, but this is not common. Usually scouts do not earn the Eagle until about age 17 or 18. They must complete the requirements prior to their 18th birthday.

How do you become an eagle scout?

Work hard, earn the ranks up to, and the necessary merit badges, complete a major project and show that you possess the leadership skills that less than 4percent of all Boy Scouts have and then you have the right to sit in front of a board to earn your Eagle Scout award.

What do Boy Scout uniforms look like?

The full uniform is tannish shirt, pants and belt and socks. Mostly with green or red patches on the chest or arms. In the past the uniforms have been dark green. Scout uniforms look different in different countries, but what is characteristic about all of them is the triangular necker with its ends pulled through a woggle.

Often the boys wear shorts as well. The color of the tie changes depending on what rank they have, and the badges will change for the same reason as well.

How many volunteer hours are needed to be an eagle scout?

Putting aside the fact that there are specific service hour requirements for Life and Star rank, there is no specific hour requirement for the Eagle project. Some Troops and Councils improperly inject a minimum hour requirement, often times 100 total hours (by all participants, not just the scout), but such requirements are contrary to BSA rules. (See ACP&P).

How many company presidents were Eagle Scouts?

As a biography of every company president is not available it is impossible to say how many. A recent study did show, however, that scouts are more likely to become the CEO of their company.

Some Eagle Scouts who became notable in business:

  • John Edward Anderson, Founder of Topa Equities
  • Norman Ralph Augustine, CEO of Martin Marietta Aerospace
  • L. Joseph Bajek, President of Colorado Healthcare Information and Management Systems
  • Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Chairman Emeritus and Director of Bechtel
  • Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York (2002-); businessman and the founder of Bloomberg L.P.
  • Barber Conable, president of the World Bank (1986-1991)
  • John W. Creighton, Jr., CEO of Weyerhaeuser and United Airlines
  • John Erickson, Founder, CEO, and Executive Chairman of Retirement Living TV and CEO of Erickson Living
  • William H. Gates, Sr., Lawyer and CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Bradley Haddock, Vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Koch Chemical Technology Group
  • John M. Harbert, Founder of Harbert Management Corporation
  • Robert T. Herres, Chairman of USAA Group (1993-2002); Air Force General who was the first Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first commander of the United States Space Command, astronaut and flight crew chief
  • Ewing Kauffman, Founder of Marion Laboratories and owner of the Kansas City Royals
  • Howard Lincoln, CEO of Seattle Mariners baseball team; chairman of Nintendo of America
  • J. W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International
  • Robert McNamara, President of the World Bank (1968-1981)
  • Sam Nunn, Businessman and politician; Senator from Georgia (1972-1997); co-chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Thomas J. O'Brien, Treasurer of Plymouth County, former Massachusetts State Representative, CEO of the Plymouth River Eels baseball team
  • Henry Paulson, CEO of Goldman Sachs (1998-2006); president of The Nature Conservancy, Secretary of the Treasury (2006-2009)
  • Ross Perot, Businessman, CEO of EDS and Perot Systems; politician who ran for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996
  • James D. Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America
  • T. Gary Rogers,CEO of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
  • Walter Scott, Jr., Civil engineer, Philanthropist, and former CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons' Incorporated
  • Samuel K. Skinner, Politician and businessman; United States Secretary of Transportation (1989-1991); White House Chief of Staff (1991-1992); CEO of Commonwealth Edison; CEO of US Freightways; on the board of directors of Odetics ITS; on the board of directors of Dade Behring
  • Chuck Smith, President and CEO of AT&T West
  • Gordon Smith, Lawyer and businessman; Senator from Oregon (1997-2009)
  • Percy Sutton, Civil rights activist; pilot with Tuskegee Airmen; lawyer; entrepreneur who co-founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation and revitalized the Apollo Theater
  • Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club
  • David Weekley, Founder and Chairman of David Weekley Homes
  • John C. Whitehead, Chairman of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, former chairman of Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and Goldman Sachs
  • Walter B. Wriston, Chairman of Citicorp

What would be a timeline history of environmental science in America between 1500-2000 - including Boy Scouts and others?


Percival Pott makes connection between human contact with soot and cancer, the first recognition of environmental factors and cancer.


February 8, 1910: The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated


First tree-planting project was held in New York

First William T. Hornaday gold medal for the conservation of wildlife

1917/1918 war effort:

Aided in food and fuel conservation projects

Planted 12,000 Boy Scout war gardens

1938:Philturn Rocky mountain Scout camp established for conservation, (35,857 acres of land near Cimarron, New Mexico) (Gift from Waite Phillips.


Philmont Scout Ranch established

Additional gift from Waite Phillips, 1941

Residence and ranch buildings

Livestock and operating ranch equipment

Contiguous to former Philturn Rocky mountain Scout camp

Total combined acreage: 127,000

Councils and campsites by 1949

543 councils

831 campsites

288,545 acres


Scouting Keep America Beautiful Day

June 5, 1971

Scouts collected more than a million tons of litter


First Scouting for Food National Good Turn, 1988

More than 60 million food items were collected


ArrowCorps5, 2008

In cooperation with the US Forest Service

Oil spill decimates Gulf Coast

3,600 Scouts and adult volunteers participated

$5.6 million worth of improvements made to national parks

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, 2009

The single largest gift ever made to the BSA

Near Beckley, West Virginia

What are examples of Boy Scout yells?

We've done fine! We've done weIl!

Now for an ear-drum splitting yell!

Panthers! Panthers! Panthers!

Tutti-Frutti! Punch and Judy!

Beaver Patrol will do its duty!

Don't you worry! Don't you fret!

Beaver Patrol will get you yet!

When is Boy Scout week?

National Boy Scout week is the week of the anniversary of Boy Scouts of America, or the week of February 8th

Explain the scout oath and law?

Scout Oath:

Actual text- interpretation

On my honor- I promise to

I will do my best- will try my hardest

to do my duty to god- a scout believes in a god and supports his church

and my country- a scout is a good citizen, and is always willing to defend america

and to obey the scout law- follow the Scout Law

to help other people at alltimes- a scout helps people when ever he can

to keep my self physically strong- stay in shape

mentally awake- smart, observent, alert

and morally straight- wise moral decisions, some would argue sexually straight

Scout law:

A Scout is Trustworthy.A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.A Scout is Loyal.A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.A Scout is Helpful.A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.A Scout is Friendly.A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.A Scout is Courteous.A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.A Scout is Kind.A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.A Scout is Obedient.A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.A Scout is Cheerful.A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.A Scout is Thrifty.A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.A Scout is Brave.A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.A Scout is Clean.A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.A Scout is Reverent.A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Is there such thing as Boy Scout cookies?

The Boy Scouts of America does not sell cookies as a national program like the Girls Scouts of the USA does.

Many local councils sell Trail's End popcorn which has a license from the BSA. Units may sell cookies as part of local bake sales, and many sell candy as a fundraiser.

Are there merit badges in hunting or trapping in the Boy Scouts?

No. There is Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Wilderness Survival, Nature, and Mammal Study, but no hunting. Hunting and trapping are not approved activities for Boy Scouts but are allowed for Venturers.

What does the Boy Scout emblem mean?

Each part of the emblem represents something. This can be found near the front of the latest edition of the scout handbook on page 31. In the edition before that it is on page 10.

The basic shape, the Fleur-de-Lis, is reminiscent of the north point of an old sailor's compass. This shows that a Scout is able to point the right way in life as truly as the compass points it in the field and recalls a scout's skill with a map and compass.

The three points of the trefoil are like the three fingers used in the Scout sign. They stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath: duty to God & country; duty to others; duty to yourself.

The eagle and shield, national emblem of the US, stand for freedom and a Scouter's readiness to defend that freedom.

The two stars stand for truth and knowledge of the Scouting movement. They guide you by night and suggest a Scout's outdoor life.

The scroll is turned up at the ends to remind us of the corners of a Scout's mouth raised in a smile as he does his duty. The Scout motto is printed across the scroll.

The knot attached to the bottom of the scroll represents the Scout slogan, Do a Good Turn Daily.

How do you recite the Scout Law in German?

Translation into English:

As a girl scout...

As a boy scout...

- ... I treat all people respectful and all girl scouts and boy scouts are my siblings.

- ... I go sanguine and with my eyes open through the world.

- ... I am polite and will help wherever it is necessary.

- ... I am not doing things by halves and won't give up in troubles.

- ... I am developing my own opinion and will stand by it / will be responsible for it.

- ... I say what I am thinking and do what I am saying.

- ... I live frugally and ecology-minded.

- ... I stand by my parentage/background and my faith.

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Pfadfinderinnenschaft Sankt Georg (PSG)Law:Spielregeln der Pfadis

Wir als Pfadfinderinnen in der PSG haben unsere eigenen Spielregeln: Ich meine das, was ich sage, ehrlich

Ich verhalte mich so, dass andere mir vertrauen können.

Ich entdecke das Leben und schütze die Natur.

Ich entdecke meine Fähigkeiten und nehme mich ernst.

Ich denke an andere und versuche sie zu verstehen.

Ich sage, was mich freut und ärgert.

Ich weiche Schwierigkeiten nicht aus und versuche, sie gemeinsam mit anderen zu lösen.

Ich gebe mich mit Ungerechtigkeiten nicht zufrieden und setze mich für eine gerechte und friedliche Welt ein.

Ich lerne zu teilen.

Ich spreche mit anderen über meinen Glauben und das Leben Jesu und versuche, meinen Weg zu finden.

Wir Pfadfinderinnen bilden eine Gemeinschaft und nehmen jede Einzelne wichtig.

Guide Rules

We, as Guides in the PSG, have our own rules:

I am sincere in what I say.

I behave in a way that others can trust me.

I discover life and protect nature.

I discover my own potential and take myself seriously.

I think of others and try to understand them.

I tell others what makes me glad and what makes me angry.

I don't avoid difficulties and try to solve them together with others.

I don't put up with injustice and I commit myself for a world of justice and peace.

I learn to share with others.

I speak with others about my faith and the life of Jesus and I try to find my way.

As Girl Guides we form a community and attach importance to every single one of us.

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Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder (BdP)Law:Gesetz der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder

Ich will hilfsbereit und rücksichtsvoll sein.

Ich will den anderen achten.

Ich will zur Freundschaft aller Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen beitragen.

Ich will aufrichtig und zuverlässig sein.

Ich will kritisch sein und Verantwortung übernehmen.

Ich will Schwierigkeiten nicht ausweichen.

Ich will die Natur kennenlernen

und helfen, sie zu erhalten.

Ich will mich beherrschen.

Ich will dem Frieden dienen und mich für die Gemeinschaft einsetzen, in der ich lebe.

Guide and Scout Law

I will be helpful and considerate.

I will be respectful.

I will be a friend to all Guides and Scouts.

I will be honest and trustworthy.

I will use my own judgement and assume responsibilities.

I will not avoid difficulties.

I will acquaint myself with nature and help to conserve it.

I will become master of myself.

I will serve peace and the community I live in.

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Can you write off Boy Scout camp?

For your child - no.

For an adult volunteer - Yes. Also you uniforms, mileage (rate is lower than business miles).