Childhood friendships need not end with adulthood.
The Scout Oath and Law help instill the values of good conduct, respect for others, and honesty. Scouts learn skills that will last a lifetime, including basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others.
|The Boy Scouts continues to recruit quality leaders who help instill lifetime values and develop ethical character in young people.|
A New Vision
In May 2006, the Boy Scouts of America announced the 2006-2010 National Strategic Plan, titled "2010: When Tradition Meets Tomorrow." Designed to propel the organization into its next century of service, the plan builds on the organization's tradition of preparing youth to become extraordinary adults.
Each year, a different phase of the Strategic Plan is highlighted. In 2006, the special emphasis was on research and included studies on how the organization can better meet the needs of the next generation of volunteers and parents and better serve young people in Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and African American communities.
However, this annual emphasis does not preclude the many tactics of the Strategic Plan from being initiated at the most appropriate and effective time over the plan's five-year period. These tactics are divided among the Strategic Plan's five pillars.
Ensure that every eligible youth has an opportunity to be involved in a quality Scouting experience and receive Scouting's promise of a fun, values-driven program.
Ensure every local council is fiscally sound. Focus efforts on increasing local councils' unrestricted endowment funds and net assets.
Providing a quality program requires quality leaders. Increase the number of leaders at all levels of Scouting—resulting in a higher number of Quality Councils, Districts, and Units—by adding 1 million new volunteers.
Identify, initiate, and strengthen relationships with local, regional, and national chartered organizations and strategic alliances that share our vision to prepare youth to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders guided by the Scout Oath and Law.
Identify, develop, and retain the right professionals in the right positions at all levels, with a focus on diversity.