Boy Scouts of America Marks 110 Years

Scout youth participate in a variety of activities each year including canoeing, camping, swimming and various other outdoor pastimes, as well as annual events like the Pinewood Derby and Cubmobile Race. SUBMITTED

 

by Margaret Campbell

Staff Writer

The Middle Tennessee Council (MTC), Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA), mission is to make sure its members are prepared to make ethical and moral choices by instilling the very values stated in the Scout Oath and Law.

 

The vision of the Middle Tennessee Council is to foster the character development, citizenship training and physical fitness of young people through an emphasis on outdoor program experiences to prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of society over their lifetime by instilling values based upon those found in the Scout Oath and Law.

 

The Scout Oath states: On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law: To help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

 

The Scout Law has 12 points and each is a goal for each Scout for everyday living. They may not be easy, but a Scout always makes the effort.

 

A Scout is:

TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

 

LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school and country.

 

HELPFULVolunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

 

FRIENDLYBe a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

 

COURTEOUSBe polite to everyone and always use good manners.

 

KINDTreat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

 

OBEDIENTFollow the rules of your family, school and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

 

CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

 

THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies and natural resources wisely.

 

BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

 

CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

 

REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.

 

The MTC, BSA has five Scouting programs, each unique, for ages 6 through 21. 

 

Cub Scouting is for kindergarten-fifth grade, or ages 5-10 years.

 

Scouts BSA is for youths in grades six-12, or ages 11-18 years.

 

STEM Scouts is coeducational for grades three-12, or ages 8-18 years.

 

Venturing is coeducational for ages 14-21.

 

Exploring is coeducational for ages 14-21.

 

These programs use tried and true methods of development based on a foundation of community service, leadership, self-reliance and a clear duty to God and Country. The MTC, BSA has a membership of 18,640 youths and grows on a daily basis.

 

Trained adult volunteers and mentors lead neighborhood scouting programs. There are 661 Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, STEM Scout Labs, Explorer Posts and Venture Crews chartered to community organizations and churches. More than 5,355 registered volunteers lead and act as positive role models for Scouting youth and every volunteer leader is youth protection trained.

 

Year after year, Giles County Scouts participate in programs like the annual Pinewood Derby, the Spring Camporee, the Cubmobile Race, the Cubs Blue and Gold Banquet and countless outdoor sporting events that include, camping, canoeing, swimming, shooting sports and athletic competitions. During these events they gain valuable experience in leadership and community service. Scouting awards these efforts with recognition through the earning of badges and rank in the organization.

 

 

MTC, BSA owns and operates four camping facilities. Each camp provides a different outdoor experience, but all offer opportunities for Scouts and families to explore, learn, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. These include Parish Reservation at Rock Island, Grimes Canoe Base on the Buffalo River, Boxwell Scout Reservation on Old Hickory Lake and Latimer Reservation on Cumberland Plateau. 

 

Scouting has an impact on the lifetime development of youths. This crosses over into employment, continued education, community involvement and happier healthy lives for participants as they reach adulthood. 

 

For more information about Scouting in Giles County and the MTC, BSA contact: Central Area Field Director Jeremy Rowland at 314-607-2039 or jrowland@mecbsa.org.