When you become a Scout, you enter a worldwide movement full of exciting adventures. You belong to a Patrol that wants you to go places and do things. Your Troop Scouters will guide and support you as you travel along the scout trail. During your time as a scout, you will learn how to live with nature, hike safely, camp in comfort, cook your meals over a camp stove or fire and discover many ways to care for the land. No matter what trying conditions you may face; you’ll know how to take care of yourself. You’ll develop strength, confidence, and good judgment. You will also learn how to be a good team member and later how it feels to be a leader. As a Scout you will also learn skills that will help you throughout your lifetime.
Scouting experiences will help you discover that you can make good things happen in your life by planning and setting your goals and then reaching for them. You’re in charge of your life and your experiences, and there’s no limit to what you can do – if you just put your mind to it.
Be prepared and go for it.
Good luck and good Scouting!
Buzz MaceNational Commissioner for Scout Programme 2004