Cub Scout Values
Cub Scouting is
fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys (and girls)start with their
best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s
fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of
the action and prepares them for today – and for life.
The Scout Law
A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep your promises. People can depend on you.
A Scout is LOYAL. Be true to your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
A Scout is HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
A Scout is FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
A Scout is COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
A Scout is KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
A Scout is OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
A Scout is CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to make others happy.
A Scout is THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Don’t be wasteful. Use time, property, and natural resources wisely.
A Scout is BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel
afraid. Do what is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
A Scout is CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
A Scout is REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
The goals of the Cub Scout leader are
- to seek out and maximize the many opportunities to incorporate character development
- to help the young Cub Scout understand that character is important
to the individual, to his family, community, country, world, and God
Character development should not be viewed as something done
occasionally as part of a separate program, or as part of only one area
of life. For in reality, character development is a part of everything a
Cub Scout does. Character development lessons can be found in every
aspect of the Cub Scouting experience.
As Cub Scouts work on the adventures in their handbooks, they will notice the Character Compass symbol.
A compass is a tool that guides a person from place to place.
Character is how we act, and it guides our entire lives. This compass
will be a guide to one or more of the 12 points of the Scout Law.
Cub Scouting Is Fun
Cub Scouting Has Ideals
Cub Scouting Strengthens Families
Cub Scouting Helps Children Develop Interests and Skills
Cub Scouting Provides Adventure
Cub Scouting Has an Advancement Plan
Cub Scouting Creates Fellowship
Cub Scouting Promotes Diversity
Cub Scouting Teaches Duty to God and Country
Cub Scouting Provides a Year-Round Program
Cub Scouting Is a Positive Place
The Meaning of the Scout Oath
Before you pledge yourself to any oath or promise, you must know
what it means. The paragraphs that follow will help you understand the meaning
of the Scout Oath.
On my honor . . .
By giving your word, you are promising to be guided by the ideals of the
. . . I will do my best . . .
Try hard to live up to the points of the Scout Oath. Measure your achievements
against your own high standards and don't be influenced by peer pressure or
what other people do.
. . . To do my duty to God . . .
Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can
serve. You do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings every
day and by respecting and defending the rights of others to practice their own
. . . and my country . . .
Help keep the United States a strong and fair nation by learning about our
system of government and your responsibilities as a citizen and future voter.
America is made up of countless families and communities. When you work to
improve your community and your home, you are serving your country. Natural
resources are another important part of America's heritage worthy of your efforts
to understand, protect, and use wisely. What you do can make a real difference.
. . . and to obey the Scout Law; . . .
The twelve points of the Scout Law are guidelines that can lead you toward
wise choices. When you obey the Scout Law, other people will respect you for
the way you live, and you will respect yourself.
. . . To help other people at all times; . . .
There are many people who need you. Your cheerful smile and helping hand
will ease the burden of many who need assistance. By helping out whenever possible,
you are doing your part to make this a better world.
. . . To keep myself physically strong, . . .
Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime.
That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly
to build strength and endurance. it also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol,
tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.
. . . mentally awake, . . .
Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious
about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities.
With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learn
much about the exciting world around you and your role in it.
. . . and morally straight.
To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should
be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people.
Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs.
The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and
Note that the Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered
to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons
in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. The three promises of
the Scout Oath are, therefore:
- Duty to God and country,
- Duty to other people, and
- Duty to self
DUTY TO GOD AND COUNTRY: Your FAMILY and religious leaders
teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty
Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their
lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by
working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your
country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points.
DUTY TO OTHER PEOPLE: Many people need help. A cheery smile
and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and
helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make
this a better world.
DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong
means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength.
Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious,
and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your
life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person
of strong character.
As a Cub Scout, you Do Your Best!