The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in the them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. In the BSA we have programs that start in the first grade and go through the age of 21. The early stages start in Cub Scouts. Here we begin in the first grade and go through the fifth grade. The Cub Scouts is a family-oriented program aimed at meeting the needs of boys while preparing them for the Boy Scout program.
The Boy Scout program is a leadership development program that introduces many hobbies and careers to the scout as well as what it means to be a citizen of our communities, nation and world. Along the trail of advancing ranks from Scout to Eagle (the highest rank earned in the BSA) there are many opportunities for volunteer service and for high adventure. The common phrase of “Work Hard, Play Hard”, fits well in scouting. You may see scouts in action cleaning up your neighborhood, or collecting food for the local pantry, or even read about a local unit taking a trip and sailing in the Florida Keys or backpacking in the Rocky Mountains.
Beyond the Boy Scout program, we have Venturing and Exploring. Venturing is a high adventure based program whereas Exploring is more Career based. These programs are co-educational starting at the age of 14 and going up to the age of 21.
Scouting has been around for over a century and we continue to provide a solid program for many years to come. Our local service area, Honest Abe District, is part of the Abraham Lincoln Council based out of Springfield, Illinois. The Honest Abe District serves the northern half of Greene County and all of Cass, Morgan and Scott counties.
Scouting is a valuable tool in the toolbox of life. Helping mold our youth into tomorrow’s leaders. Our National Chief Scout Mike Surbaugh recently stated: “In a time when differences seem to separate our country, we hope the true spirit of Scouting will empower our next generation of leaders to bring people together to do good in the world.” The Cub Scout Motto is to “Do your best.” The Boy Scouts of America does our best to provide a positive program to today’s youth.
If scouting has peaked you or your child’s interest, please contact our council office in Springfield at 217-529-2727 to find out how you can get involved in the Boy Scouts of America.