I talk a lot about the Aims of Scouting. Here are the Aims and how they are broken down straight from the proverbial “Horses mouth”.
As referenced in the BSA Fast Start Training:

Character Development
Encompasses a boy’s personal qualities, values, and outlook.
A Scout learns confidence, honesty, and self-respect.
A Scout respects other people, regardless of differences.
A Scout practices his religious beliefs.

Citizenship Training
A Scout works among others in a troop with rules based on the common good.
A Scout learns about and takes pride in his own national heritage.
A Scout understands social, economic, and governmental systems.
A Scout learns service, tolerance, and community involvement.

Mental and Physical Fitness
A Scout improves his physical condition through exercise and outdoor activities.
A Scout encourages good health habits.
A Scout discourages drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
A Scout learns sound judgment, resourcefulness, and decision-making skills.

Simple enough for me. If we are not working to this end… we are doing it wrong.
Remember what BP said.. “Scouting is a game with a purpose”. This is our purpose, we just need to play game.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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