Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.
Character development should extend into every aspect of a child's life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use the 12 points of the Scout Law throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings
The Scout Law
|A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY ||A Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises. People can depend on them. |
|A Scout is LOYAL ||A Scout is true to their family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country. |
|A Scout is HELPFUL ||A Scout volunteers to help others without expecting a reward. |
|A Scout is FRIENDLY ||A Scout is a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from them. |
|A Scout is COURTEOUS ||A Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners. |
|A Scout is KIND ||A Scout treats others as they want to be treated. They never harm or kill any living thing without good reason. |
|A Scout is OBEDIENT ||A Scout follows the rules of their family, school, and pack. They obey the laws of their community and country. |
|A Scout is CHEERFUL ||A Scout looks for the bright side of life. They cheerfully do tasks that come their way. They try to make others happy. |
|A Scout is THRIFTY ||A Scout works to pay their way. They use time, property, and natural resources wisely. |
|A Scout is BRAVE ||A Scout can face danger even if they are afraid. They stand for what is right even if others laugh at them. |
|A Scout is CLEAN ||A Scout keeps their body and mind fit. They help keep their home and community clean. |
|A Scout is REVERENT ||A Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others. |
Character can be defined as the collection of core values by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action.
Character development should challenge Cub Scouts to experience core values
in six general areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self.
Character is "values in action."