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What is Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
Adventure Scouts USA is an American nationwide entity that offers Scout Programs that are modern, co-ed, inclusive and fully non-discriminatory. 
 
Why do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA exist? PDF Print E-mail

Your adventure starts here! We offer our Scouts the unique opportunity to participate in Scout Programs which provide FUN, exciting, modern activities that they choose themselves via democratic principles.  Our Scout Programs develop an appreciation for and an understanding of democracy and the value of choice in our Scouts at a young age. We are family friendly.

 

Our Scouts get the opportunity to participate in a fully nondiscriminatory, inclusive atmosphere.  In fact, we are the only fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs in the United States.  The reason we exist is to serve others.  We are developed as Scout Programs, by and for our Scouts and Members, and not as an organization.  We are committed to adventure!

 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA separate and distinct American Scout Programs? PDF Print E-mail

Yes.  We are a separate Scout Program, and we are not affiliated with any other American Scout Program or Scout Organization, just as none of the other Scout Programs and Scout Organizations are affiliated with each other.  We are the only fully nondiscriminatory Scout Program in the United States.  We have our own policies, rules, and regulations.

 
In what ways are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA unique? PDF Print E-mail

We are unique in many ways.  Ways in which we are unique are that we use democratic governance, we are fully nondiscriminatory, and we enable our Scouts to participate in modern, FUN programs.

 

 Our Scout Programs instill an understanding and appreciation of freedom and democratic governance in our Scouts.  Our Scouts choose, organize, and lead their own meetings, programs, and activities.  While Team Counselors are always on hand to ensure health and safety, we offer our Scouts the opportunities to run their own meetings and acquire knowledge about the subjects they are interested in.  By allowing our Scouts as much free choice as possible, they acquire the knowledge that the quality of their lives tomorrow is dependent upon their choices today.  Our Scouts understand how Democracy works at a young age.

 

We are also the only fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs in the United States.  Our Scouts choose, organize, and lead their meetings, programs, and activities in a fully inclusive atmosphere, welcoming to all.  We believe that telling a child they are not good enough to be a Scout is quite simply not good enough.

 
How do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA contribute to the development of its Scouts and Members? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Movement, in its simplest form, provides activities which an individual finds appealing and relevant to their life, and which support the development of a way of living one's life and leading one's life.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA achieve these objectives by conscientiously developing Scout Programs that consider our Scouts as whole people.  Character counts in the life of our Scouts and their lives are instilled with adventure and enhanced with a sense of wonder, and purpose.  We offer challenging programs that our Scouts choose, organize, and lead.  Our Scouts are inspired to develop a compass with which to lead their lives by their choosing to live their lives by our Scout Promise, Scout Code, and Scout Spirit and by their Giving their Best in all they do.  Our Scouts are also inspired by our Team Counselors who similarly undertake to conduct their life by the same guideposts.
 
How do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA work? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA offers co-ed Scout Programs that are designed to help our Scouts and Members develop in three key areas: Leadership, Responsible Citizenship, and Fostering Friendships. Our Scout Programs are an informal educational platform with programs that our Scouts choose, organize and lead.  These attributes help our Scouts appreciate service to the greater community, and develop their skills of leadership.  We develop in our Scouts the quality of responsible citizenship and we enhance good character as instilled by parents. Although we are informal education platform to help encourage the development of important attributes in our Scouts, we are not a school.  Our Scout Programs are FUN with a purpose.  One of our philosophies is:  If you do it in school, we don’t do it here. The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are held locally, led by the Scouts of the team themselves (small groups of 48 or fewer Scouts) and supplemented by our Web Community Campfire Forums, National, and Local Area Leadership. The teams of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA meet once weekly and participate in approximately one weekend adventure activity a month such as camping or backpacking.
 
Who are the Scouts and Members of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
Every Child, Every Family, Everywhere guides the inclusive, nondiscriminatory nature of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.  Our Scouts and Members bridge every community.  They each have unique qualities and identities.  We are continuing a journey that will take our Scout Programs into every city, town and village. Our Parents, Scouts and Members thought about what they value and determined our Scout Programs support the beliefs of their family.  We believe after thinking about which Scout Program or Scout Organization to join or whether to join the Scout Movement at all, you and your family will conclude the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA offer what your family seeks.
 
What are some of the concepts which the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA include? PDF Print E-mail

Our Scout Programs encourage the development of the following concepts:

·        True proficiency in outdoor and life skills, such as first aid

·        Participation in our personal achievement programs is on a non-competitive basis which enables our Scouts to learn more about themselves, their interests, explore careers and the world in which they live,

·        Development of leadership skills,

·        Service to the greater community through positive FUN opportunities which serve the community,

·        Instilling in our Scouts the value of active listening, rather than just hearing,

·        Development of creative and critical thinking,

·        Acquisition of the skill of fostering friendship,

·        Enhancement in our Scouts of the qualities of good character, and of the value that character counts,

·        We promote strong families and strengthen family values,

·        Development of responsible citizenship.

 
Do I need a referral to join the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
Everyone is welcome in our Scout Programs, and we do not require a referral.  We serve all youth who join our Scout Programs.
 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA family oriented? PDF Print E-mail
Our Scouts choose, organize and lead all their meetings, programs, and activities, however, parents and family members can always participate. Our activities are so FUN and relevant to everyone, that multiple generations of families and extended family members choose to participate in the activities of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.
 
In what ways are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA modern? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are contemporary. Our activities are designed to interact with today’s youth and their families.  Today we live in a global community, rather than just a local community and therefore our Scout Programs encourage creative and critical thinking and responsible citizenship in our Scouts. The reality is families desire to spend time together and therefore the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage such interaction.  Because all of our Scout Programs are co-ed, entire families particularly those with boys and girls, find a welcome home within the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.   The structure of our Scout Programs enable entire families to participate in all our activities, not because they have to, but because they want to. In the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA the Scouts choose and personalize their Scout experience.  The consequence is our Scout Programs are designed to evolve over time and remain contemporary.  We have established program evaluation standards which enable us to quickly react to suggestions, and, after evaluating them for safety, permit them to be considered by our Scouts for use within their team. Today’s society is changing and so too are America’s youth.  In order to continue to play a significant part in the lives of youth we determined our Scouts would choose, organize and lead their meetings, programs and activities.
 
What do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA mean by Modern Programs? PDF Print E-mail
The world is constantly getting smaller.  With modern technology, people are closer together and able to communicate more efficiently.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA provide its Scouts with enhanced skills to better participate in today’s modern and ever-changing world. Our modern programs are designed to evolve and stay current with the times.  Our Scouts choose, organize and lead their meetings, programs and activities which result in their participating in activities that truly interest them. One of our goals is to offer modern programs which take into consideration what young people are doing today and what they are interested in.  Some of the activities chosen by our Scouts include building and racing soapbox derby cars, building websites and producing films. Outdoor activities such as backpacking and camping are also activity choices chosen by our Scouts.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA provide our Scouts with a true proficiency in outdoor skills.
 
How important to the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA is service to the greater community? PDF Print E-mail
Lending a helping hand makes a difference in the lives of others and therefore our Scout Programs encourage meaningful service to the greater community through positive FUN opportunities which serve the community.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA believes that service to the greater community contributes to finding one’s purpose in life.  It is by working with others and by service to the greater community one can meet new people, acquire new awareness, appreciation and sensitivity for the circumstances or challenging situations of others. The Scout Movement has always prided itself on being a Movement that offers service to others.  Making a difference in the lives of others enhances the life of our Scouts.  Participating in our Scout Program's national service projects also permits our Scouts to achieve and work on projects that exceed local communities. We believe service to the community should not be done on a mandatory basis but rather from the heart.  Consequently, the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage our Scouts to participate as they choose rather than count their hours.  What our Scouts’ hearts say is far important than what their watches say. The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA appreciate that every effort helps and therefore encourages projects which are age, size, and scope appropriate to our Scouts and Scout teams.  For example: Our Rising Star Scouts contribute to their community by collecting and donating some of their toys to other children. The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA also encourages its Scouts and Team Counselors to participate in the overall betterment of their community on a small scale as well.  Our Scout Programs encourage the acquisition of the skill of fostering friendship.  By developing and fostering friendship with others our Scouts improve the strength of their communities.  For instance, we encourage our Scouts to welcome and befriend new students at school.  Also, when one of our Scouts observe a fellow student of theirs sitting alone in the school lunchroom, they are expected to sit with them or invite them over.
 
Why are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA co-ed? PDF Print E-mail
Our Scouts and their families are the reason the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA offers co-ed programs.  In addition, by having a co-ed Scout Program, it permits us to live up to our non-discriminatory policy of seeking the best in others, and evaluating others based upon the content of their character.  Our co-ed membership and programs also permit and encourage entire families to participate in our family oriented activities.  From the youngest of children, to multiple generations of families, our co-ed and non-discriminatory Scout program encourages participation in modern, FUN activities.
 
Although all of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are co-ed, does gender matter? PDF Print E-mail

Yes, although our Scout Programs are inclusive in membership, awards, participation and employment, and today, school, work and social environments are co-ed, we recognize there differences between genders.

 

For instance, although our Scout Programs encourage each of our Scouts to embrace their unique and individual talents and abilities, we also appreciate that there are in fact physical differences between those of different genders.  Although sports and activities are competitive by nature and that is part of the FUN, because our Scouts compete against themselves rather than each other, everyone has FUN, rather than just a chosen few.

 

We also appreciate there are other issues of gender which will arise, such as sleeping accommodations and changing facilities that there must be separate areas for those of each gender.    

 
How do we assist in ensuring no one is left out? PDF Print E-mail
Our Scout Programs are both inclusive and nondiscriminatory.  We go the extra distance to make sure all our Scouts participate.  If additional equipment or resources are needed for a Scout participate, we make sure they are sought.  None of our Scouts are ever told, “You cannot participate.”
 
Why is it important for the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA to be inclusive and nondiscriminatory? PDF Print E-mail
We monitor and encourage suggestions both on an anonymous and identified basis.  Additionally, there is a formal grievance procedure to ensure our policies and guidelines are appropriately implemented.  We take specific and reasonable steps to achieve fair and equitable treatment of all. 
 
What does it mean when you say you have an “All-Inclusive” Philosophy? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA were formed with a philosophy of being completely non-discriminatory and with a goal of encouraging more to participate in the worldwide Scout Movement. 

We welcome all those who wish to participate in the Scout Movement, who embrace our Scout Promise, Scout Code, Scout Spirit and the principles of the Scout Movement.

 
How are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA nondiscriminatory? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are inclusive and nondiscriminatory in membership, awards, participation and employment.
 
How do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA ensure Scout Programs are inclusive and nondiscriminatory? PDF Print E-mail
We monitor and encourage suggestions both on an anonymous and identified basis.  Additionally, there is a formal grievance procedure to ensure our policies and guidelines are appropriately implemented.  We take specific and reasonable steps to achieve fair and equitable treatment of all.
 
Do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA meaningfully involve the participation of those who face challenges in their life? PDF Print E-mail
We respect that there are differences between individuals, and every effort is made to encourage each person to realize their full potential.  Therefore, extra resources or equipment are sought for persons requiring them for their participation. 

Every Child, Every Family, Everywhere guides the inclusive, non-discriminatory nature of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.

 

Every activity and element of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are guided by the spirit of inclusion, and not merely the strict application of policies and practices.

 

Everyone in our Scout Programs receives equal treatment.  There are no exceptions.  It is the behavior of an individual that is evaluated, rather than their identity.  The significant standard for determining whether a Scout or Member can not participate in a particular team is whether the team cannot function because of that individual’s participation.


Equal opportunity and equal participation are an important part of the Scout Spirit, Scout Promise and Scout Code of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.  In effort to bridge all communities, we actively encourage the inclusion of all.

 Our Scout Programs believe it is important each person is viewed as an individual, and that they are regarded equally, whatever their differences.
 
What if a Scout doesn’t have or cannot afford needed equipment? PDF Print E-mail

As per our mission statement: we are focused on the participation of Every Child, Every Family, Everywhere and assist in locating the necessary equipment to ensure no one is left out.  

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA and individual teams can create lists of appropriate and desired equipment and help those who have more difficulty acquiring this equipment. 

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA and team sponsors help Scouts by recommending less expensive retail outlets for locating desired equipment.  We also help team sponsors, teams and Scouts find and apply for a variety of grants that might be appropriate. We at Adventure Scouts USA believe money should never an obstacle for participating in the adventure of being a Scout; we encourage the participation of everyone.

 
What is the nondiscrimination clause of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail

The Spirit of Adventure Scouts USA is its inclusiveness. 

All are welcome to apply for Membership within the Adventure Scouts USA Scout Program.  While we reserve the right to regulate the type of one’s participation, we are open to all who undertake the Scout Promise, Scout Code, Scout Spirit, and Scout Motto of our Programs, and who are accompanied by an open heart. 

Our Members are accorded equal treatment in personal achievement recognition, leadership positions, and participation and in any other form now established or in the future established.

 
How are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA different from other existing American Scout Programs? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are the only fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs in the United States, ensuring that Every Child, Every Family, Everywhere is welcome to participate.  Our programs are all co-ed, with relevant modern programs which our Scouts choose, organize and lead.
 
What do the Scouts of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA do? PDF Print E-mail

The Scouts of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA get to choose the activities they want to explore.  They can try new things and have fun in our focused small and large group practical hands-on activities that broaden their horizons.  For instance: a Scout in our Scout Programs can choose to try their hand at creating a comic book, building and launching a rocket, or acquiring the skill of how to pack a back pack.  Our Scouts could also try their hand at mastering a new skateboarding trick, improving their sports abilities, gaining musical appreciation by meeting musicians, or gaining the knowledge to create a movie.  These are just some of the many and varied choices our Scouts can choose from and the best part is: It is always their choice.

 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA merely an outdoor skills program? PDF Print E-mail

No.  Although the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA does instill true proficiency in outdoor skills, our modern programming also provides Scouts with many other important skills such as: developing leadership, instilling responsible citizenship through service to the greater community, and fostering friendships. 

Some examples of other innovative activities in which Adventure Scouts USA Scouts can participate include building websites, creating comic books, basketball, skateboarding, cooking, producing videos, music or short films, building and racing soapbox derby cars, and much more.

 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA an educational program? PDF Print E-mail
Although we are an informal education platform to help encourage the development of important attributes in our Scouts, we are not a school.  Our Scout Programs are FUN with a purpose.  One of our philosophies: If you do it in school, we do not do it here.
 
Who funds the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are funded by parents, families, and individuals like you.  We were not formed for a fundraising purpose; rather we were created to enable more participation in the worldwide Scout Movement.
 
How many Scouts and Members will Adventure Scouts USA grow to have? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are nondiscriminatory and inclusive, consequently the number of Scouts and Members is open ended.  We are developed as a Scout Program, by and for our Scouts and Members, and not as an organization.  We are more concerned with consciously offering quality programming, at an affordable cost, while always staying true to our principles and values than we are with the number of our Scouts and Members. 

Our growth knows no bounds and can spread like the roots of a mighty Redwood.  Their roots go four to six feet deep, but spread to two hundred and fifty feet from the tree.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA include depth of family, by including multiple generations and extended family, as a part of its unique inclusion of family oriented programming.  It is the wide root horizon of the Redwood that gives it stability. Similarly, we welcome the participation of all to embrace the rich diversity that gives America its stability.

It is our strength of purpose which inspires us.  When we encounter a setback, we consider it an improvement opportunity.  Since we are membership oriented with a focus on the whole person and offer Scout Programs which are relevant and appeal to all, there is no limit to our growth.

 
As Adventure Scouts USA continues to grow in membership how will it ensure all continue to be valued? PDF Print E-mail

We have chosen to stay true to our principles and values.  One of those is that of decentralization.  The Scout game offered by our Scout Programs are by and for our Scouts.  It is our intention for responsibility and creativity to remain with our Scouts.  After all, they are the heart of Adventure Scouts USA.  We have chosen to develop a structure which includes a national office, to support and serve as a funnel for sharing information throughout our membership.  Our national office also permits continuity of purpose and economy of size.  While increased growth in membership will contribute to a bureaucracy, we have intentionally chosen to continue to value the participation of all and actively encourage suggestions in an effort to avoid bureaucracy smothering us.

We are imperfect by design, which ensures we are always striving to improve and stay membership driven rather than maintaining a status quo.  We operate using common sense with a focus on the present and an eye on our long term goals.  We set initial goals and then get out of the way of those who will refine and implement the goals.  We are more concerned with consciously offering quality programming, at an affordable cost, while always staying true to our principles and values than we are with the number of our Scouts and Members.

Our Scout Programs are always striving to improve and therefore are always evolving.  As we improve, we determine new and better ways our Scout Programs can appeal to our Scouts.  To improve the experience our Scouts have, in our Scout Programs, we look beyond the programs we offer.  We listen to suggestions and value participation by responding time sensitively and with urgency.  In addition, we ascertain the emotions our Scouts experience while participating in our Scout Programs.  By staying focused on improvement, we create stronger relationships with our Scouts and rapid responsive program development.

 
Is Adventure Scouts USA a good program for my child? PDF Print E-mail
We monitor programs and programming with standards that seek the best of activities within our teams.  While there are many characteristics that make up a good youth program, generally good programs include the following:  
  • High quality coaching, counselor, and mentoring for those supervising youth.  Do they receive training?
  • Do they place a priority on priority on safety and health policies?  On proper use of safety equipment?
  • Do they feature inclusive participation, or do only the most skilled play or participate?
  • Do they emphasize following the rules and everyone having FUN, or do they have a “win at all costs” attitude?
  • Do those supervising youth emphasize everyone growing and reaching their potential, without forcing youth to do something they cannot or do not want to do?
  • Are there effective ratios of youth members to adult leaders?
 

Parents can also pay to attention to:

 
  • Whether the staff and helpful and seem knowledgeable.
  • If youth are encouraged to be independent and solve problems when appropriate.
  • Are there facilities for those are challenged?
  • Do the youth appear happy and having FUN?
 

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA

 

Our Team Counselors and Counselors are adults who are positive role models and encourage in our Scouts the value that character does count.  Our Team Counselors embrace the identical principles of our Scout Promise, Scout Code, Scout Spirit, and the philosophy of the Scout Movement as our Scouts do.  It is a requirement of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA that all Team Counselors receive diversity, disability, and program training as a part of our normal leadership training.  Our Team Counselors also voluntarily participate in additional leadership training to further enhance their skills and talents. The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA train our volunteers, Team Counselors and Counselors and put them through a rigorous background screening. 

Our Team Counselors and Counselors are focused first and foremost on our Scouts safely having FUN.  Parents are encouraged to meet the Team Counselors and Counselors who will be supervising their child’s Scout experience, and to come to meetings, ask questions, and get involved. Our first priority is the health and safety of our Scouts and Members.  If there is any uncertainty with regard to safety during one of our activities the activity ceases or an alternative is found.  We have developed and use standards of youth and member protection that exceed those of other Scout and youth programs or organizations. 

Our Scouts acquire the knowledge of how to use and store fire extinguishers, which type of extinguisher to use of which type of fire, to check smoke alarm batteries, and basic safe procedures. We encourage our Scouts to broaden their horizons by enhancing in them a sense of wonder and purpose to their life.  We encourage self-esteem within our Scouts and develop in them an appreciation for life long adventure and learning through activities that they choose, organize and lead.  Our Scouts personalize their own Scout experience.  Our Team Counselors and Counselors are on hand to ensure health and safety and to lend guidance when needed.  However, we always give our Scouts the opportunity to solve their own problems first.  Our Scouts learn much more from solving their own problems, even if it takes longer, than by being handed a solution by a Counselor.  They build self esteem, self knowledge, knowledge of others, and the ability to solve a similar problem when it comes up again. 

Our Scout Programs are fully inclusive.  Here, everybody plays.  It is does not matter if a Scout has a lot of experience or expertise with sports or outdoor skills, or none at all.  Our duty is to bring out the best in every Scout.  We do so by emphasizing following the rules and giving one’s best.  Winning is FUN and competition is important, but we emphasize winning fairly and giving everyone a chance. We know each Scout can grow and can improve in everything they do.  We encourage our Scouts to try new things and to take safe chances, however we never force a Scout to take part in any activity they do not wish to take part in, or risk injury by doing something they cannot do. We go out of our way to make sure every Scout can participate. 

We are the only fully nondiscriminatory Scout Programs in the United States.  Naturally, a team with a challenged Scout will make sure that Scout is able to get to the meeting location, come inside, and participate the similarly to the rest of the Scouts.  If that Scout needs additional resources to participate, we make sure those resources are sought. During team meetings, programs, and activities, our guidelines require adult leadership in appropriate ratios of youth to adults.  Our Team Counselors and Counselors are present at all team activities, programs and meetings.  One of our guidelines is our Team Counselors and Counselors are never alone with an individual Scout. The safety, well-being, and FUN of our Scout are our top priorities.  If we a Scout is drifting or seems not to be having FUN anymore, we immediately want to know what is going on.  Can we improve the Scout Programs or that Scout’s experience in some way, or does the Scout need help?  Our Scouts get the opportunity to personalize their Scout experience.  We want feedback from our Scouts and members so we can improve our Scout Programs for everyone.

 
How do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage its Scouts to be responsible citizens? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA offers many opportunities that encourage our Scouts to be responsible citizens.  For example, our Scouts are encouraged to learn and participate in the electoral process by assisting election officials.

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage its Scouts to help others, to serve their greater community by community building activities and by fostering friendships amongst their neighbors.

 
What do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA do to instill positive character in its Scouts? PDF Print E-mail
Our Scout Programs are an informal educational platform with programs that our Scouts choose, organize and lead.  These attributes help our Scouts appreciate service to the greater community, and develop their skills of leadership.  They also contribute to enhancing the character of our Scouts as instilled by parents and also develop responsible citizenship.
 
Why are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA present and future oriented? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are present and future oriented because our Scouts are not just the future, they are also a part of the present.  The Scouts of Adventure Scouts USA play a part in the present and are also the future of America.  Our Scouts will play a role in history as heroes and heroines and in the continuing effort, to discover new frontiers and to explore the final frontiers of Space and the Ocean.  Participating in our Scout Programs take our Scouts far, although achieving their endeavors require effort on their part. 

Our Scout Programs are designed to appeal to our Scouts and be relevant in their lives.  Our programs were intentionally developed oriented to the present, to enable our Scouts to value the present moment they are experiencing. Our Scout Programs are by and for our Scouts. 

Our Scout Programs were also intentionally developed oriented toward the future, to enable our programs to evolve so our Scouts will always find value in their Scout experience. We believe in the future and support our Scouts finding strength in the present, yet bounded by the past.  We encourage our Scouts as they stride into the future, to have hope as they discover new vistas, build their lives and their future families.  It is our intention they always be proud of what they committed to when they accepted the title of  Scout in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.  We act with care today, so in the future others will always be proud of the effort we put forth as we carry the torch from this generation to the next. 

We invite all who aspire to join the Scout Movement, to join us in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA, as we contribute to creating the future-  now.

 
Why do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage our Scouts to be present and future oriented? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are present and future oriented because our Scouts are not just the future, they are also a part of the present.  We appreciate our Scouts live in the present while looking toward the future with a glimpse of the past.

We understand our Scouts yearn to leave the path that lies ahead of them and to choose their own.  Our Scouts will play a role in history as heroes and heroines and in the continuing effort, to discover new frontiers and to explore the final frontiers of Space and the Ocean.  Participating in our Scout Programs take our Scouts far, although achieving their endeavors require effort on their part. The future is filled with promise. 

Changes, as they occur, will value those who act quickly when opportunities present themselves.  Mere memorization of facts and figures might be helpful.  However, the ability to anticipate and react, by combining previously acquired information and skills with new unrelated ideas, will allow those with this capability to achieve more than others.  Consequently, our Scout Programs encourage the development of this ability. 

The world is becoming a smaller place and the development of a global business community continues to occur.  We encourage our Scouts to think beyond their known horizons in an effort to ensure they are the ones creating the future. We believe in the future and support our Scouts finding strength in the present, yet bounded by the past.  We encourage our Scouts as they stride into the future, to have hope as they discover new vistas, build their lives and their future families.  It is our intention they always be proud of what they committed to when they accepted the title of  Scout in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.  We act with care today, so in the future others will always be proud of the effort we put forth as we carry the torch from this generation to the next. 

We invite all who aspire to join the Scout Movement, to join us in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA, as we contribute to creating the future-  now.

 
How are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA developed as present and future oriented? PDF Print E-mail

Our Scout Programs are designed to appeal to our Scouts and be relevant in their lives.  Our programs were intentionally developed oriented to the present, to enable our Scouts to value the present moment they are experiencing.  Our Scouts therefore have the ability to personalize their Scout experience. 

They also have the ability to choose how the activities and portions of the program they wish to participate in. Our Scout Programs are by and for our Scouts.  We believe our Scouts are not just the future, they are also part of the present.  Consequently, our Scouts have the opportunity during Team Meetings to determine what they want to do.  Our Scouts during their Team Meetings use inclusive and democratic principles of self governance.  Each of our Scouts are entitled to one vote and since the Scouts themselves are responsible, creating and leading their own programs it is their choice how they cast their vote. The future is filled with promise.  Changes, as they occur, will value those who act quickly when opportunities present themselves.  Mere memorization of facts and figures might be helpful.  However, the ability to anticipate and react, by combining previously acquired information and skills with new unrelated ideas, will allow those with this capability to achieve more than others.  Consequently, our Scout Programs encourage the development of this ability. 

Our Scout Programs were also intentionally developed oriented toward the future, to enable our programs to evolve so our Scouts will always find value in their Scout experience.  We use traditions from the past to help guide the future. 

Our Scouts are encouraged to appreciate the value of good character and of having what they say count.  We do not ask our Scouts to promise or swear when committing to obligations, rather we consider the word of our Scouts their bond.  We ask of our Scouts to Give their Best in all that they do and consequently our Scouts appreciate we trust them and that their word is considered their bond. Our Scout Programs are always striving to improve and therefore are always evolving.  As we improve, we determine new and better ways our Scout Programs can appeal to our Scouts.  To improve the experience our Scouts have, in our Scout Programs, we look beyond the programs we offer. 

We listen to suggestions and value participation by responding time sensitively and with urgency.  In addition, we ascertain the emotions our Scouts experience while participating in our Scout Programs.  By staying focused on improvement, we create stronger relationships with our Scouts and rapid responsive program development.

 
What is a Rising Star Scout? PDF Print E-mail

Rising Stars Scouts are Scouts who are five years of age to 11 years of age.

 

Since the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are newly formed and the participation of everyone is the ultimate goal, temporary mixed teams, of both Rising Star and North Star Scouts, may be necessary in order to initially accommodate everyone who wants to be a team member of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.

 

 When there are enough Scouts within a mixed team the team can choose to divide the mixed team into program-specific teams.
 
What kind of activities do Rising Star Scouts participate in? PDF Print E-mail

All of our programs are age appropriate and encourage our Scouts to learn more about their friends and community, and to improve the bond of family. Some examples of our innovative Scout activities include: Making stuffed animals, building websites, creating comic books, basketball, skateboarding, cooking, producing videos, music or short films, building and racing soapbox derby cars, and much more.

Rising Star Scouts participate in camping and backpacking adventures, during which, the ratio of adults to youth is smaller. While our Team Counselors oversee the safety and welfare of our Rising Star Scouts, our Scouts choose, organize and lead all of the programs and activities of the Rising Star Scout Program themselves.

Our Team Counselors counsel our Rising Star Scouts, rather than telling them what decisions to make, thereby encouraging the development of good decision-making skills.

 
What are Rising Star Scout weekly meetings like? PDF Print E-mail

Rising Star Scout weekly team meetings start off with a fun “ice breaker” activity that encourages each of our Scouts to participate and contribute to the group by answering a simple question such as “What is your favorite book or television show?”  This activity encourages Scouts to speak and participate without the fear of being criticized or made fun of. 

After our icebreaker activity, the Scouts participate in a short citizenship activity; a chance to do or say something relating to responsible citizenship. The Rising Star Scout Program offers an innovative portion of the team meeting called, “Activity Buffets” which allow Rising Star Scouts to choose from a selection of weekly activities.  This gives our Scouts an opportunity to explore and try new things.  Unlike typical organizational meetings which are conducted in “classroom style” with a presenter in front and a group of attendees listening to the chosen topic of the presenter, Adventure Scouts USA meetings are personalized to the Scouts and their interests. For instance, Rising Star Scouts choose 3-5 “guest guides” to attend their weekly meeting and participate in the “activity buffet”.  Then each Scout has the opportunity to select which guest they would like to participate with.  Examples of possible guest guides include comic book illustrators, local musicians, backpackers, magicians or archaeologists. 

Weekly team meetings also provide the opportunity our Scouts to participate in Did and Do, which is a chance to share experiences relating to our Rising Star Scout Personal Achievement Program.  Good examples of Did and Do would be one of our Scouts showing the team how to pack a backpack or telling their fellow Scouts about their experience visiting a fire station.  Fellow Scouts can then get ideas about what they would like to do for their Challenges and how to similarly achieve those same skills. 

In the Rising Star Scout Program, it is Scouts who decide and determine whether or not a team member has given their best and successfully achieved the level of skill required to earn Personal Achievement Awards. A portion of each Rising Star Scout team Meeting is dedicated to a friendship activity wherein Scouts can learn and appreciate more about their fellow Scouts. Once a month, Rising Star Scouts have the opportunity to attend their team Meeting “as” a themed character or person.  For example: one meeting, Rising Star Scouts might choose to attend the meeting dressed as Pirates.  For another meeting they could choose to be Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Other examples include: Action Heroes and Heroines, their favorite cartoon characters, or their favorite character from a book. The activities for those meetings are tailored and related to “who” they choose to be for the meeting.  For example, as pirates, the Scouts would participate in Pirate-related activities. 

During each team Meeting, time is provided for the Scouts to choose and organize future team Meetings or other activities. Finally, there is a closing activity which leaves our Rising Star Scouts enthusiastic and wanting to come to our next meeting or activity.

 
What is a North Star Scout? PDF Print E-mail

North Stars are Scouts who are 11 years of age to 18 years of age.

 

Since the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are newly formed and the participation of everyone is the ultimate goal, temporary mixed team, of North Star and Rising Star Scouts may be necessary in order to initially accommodate everyone who wants to be a team member of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.

 

When there are enough Scouts within a mixed team the team can choose to divide the mixed team into program-specific teams.
 
What kind of activities do North Star Scouts participate in? PDF Print E-mail

All of our activities are age appropriate and encourages the Scout to learn about their community, their friends, and improve the bond of family. 

While some activities for different age groups seem similar, there are varying levels of detail and experiences to be gained. In addition to camping and backpacking adventures, some examples of our innovative Scout activities include building websites, creating comic books, basketball, cooking, producing videos, music or short films, building and racing soapbox derby cars, and much more. 

While our Team Counselors oversee the safety and welfare of our North Star Scouts, our Scouts choose, organize and lead all of the programs and activities of the North Star Scout Program themselves. Our Team Counselors counsel our North Star Scouts, rather than telling them what decisions to make, thereby encouraging the development of good decision-making skills.

 
What are North Star Scout weekly meetings like? PDF Print E-mail

North Star Scout weekly team meetings start off with a fun “ice breaker” activity that encourages each of our Scouts to participate and contribute to the group by answering FUN questions such as “What is your favorite book or television show?”  This activity encourages Scouts to speak and participate without the fear of being criticized or made fun of. 

After our icebreaker activity, the Scouts participate in a short citizenship activity; a chance to do or say something relating to responsible citizenship. The North Star Scout Program offers an innovative portion of the team meeting called, “Activity Buffets” which allow North Star Scouts to choose from a selection of weekly activities. 

This gives our Scouts an opportunity to explore and try new things. Unlike typical organizational meetings which are conducted in “classroom style” with a presenter in front and a group of attendees listening to the chosen topic of the presenter, North Star Scout meetings are personalized to the Scouts and their interests. For instance, North Star Scouts choose 3-5 “guest guides” to attend their weekly meeting and participate in the “activity buffet”.  Then, each Scout has the opportunity to select which guest they would like to participate with.  Examples of possible guest guides include comic book illustrators, local musicians, backpackers, and athletes. 

Weekly team Meetings also provide the opportunity for our Scouts to participate in Did and Do, which is a chance to share experiences and demonstrate skills relating to the North Star Scout Personal Achievement Program.  Good examples of Did and Do include one of our Scouts showing the team how to pack a backpack or telling their fellow Scouts about their experience visiting a concert.  Fellow Scouts can then get ideas about what they would like to do for their Challenges and how to similarly achieve these same skills. It is their fellow Scouts who decide and determine whether or not a team member has given their best and successfully achieved the level of skill required to earn Personal Achievement Awards. 

A portion of each North Star Scout team meeting is dedicated to a friendship activity wherein Scouts can learn and appreciate more about their fellow Scouts. During each team meeting, time is provided for the Scouts to choose and organize future team meetings or other activities. Finally, there is a closing activity which leaves our North Star Scouts enthusiastic and wanting to come to our next meeting or activity.

 
What is an Outpost Scout? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are truly dedicated to the encouraging more participation in the worldwide Scout Movement.  For those who wish to join one of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA as a Scout, but they are not accessible to an organized team we, offer a program called, Outpost Scouts, which provides an opportunity for all to participate as a Scout. 

Typically a local adult will act as the counselor and coordinator to assist a Scout participating as an Outpost Scout.

 
How does an Outpost Scout participate? PDF Print E-mail
By encouraging the use of the Internet and Web Cameras, Scouts in our Outpost Scout Program are able to maximize their Scout experience by interacting with other Scouts, within our secure web environment. An individual Outpost Scout can communicate and participate with other members via email, chat rooms, blogs, and other internet resources.  Even though a group environment is not available, a single Outpost Scout can participate in many of the same activities that are enjoyed by teams and crews, such as:  hands-on activities that broaden personal horizons, developing leadership skills, instilling good citizenship through service to the local community, and fostering virtual friendships. Outpost Scouts can be members of either the Rising Star or the North Star Scout Programs. When possible, Outpost Scouts may also be able to interact with Scouts who are members of teams while on trips or while attending an organized event. 
 
If one of my children is a Rising Star Scout and another is a North Star Scout, will they participate in activities together? PDF Print E-mail

If your children are members of a newly formed unit, there is a possibility that they will be initially placed in a Mixed-Age Unit, in which case the answer would be yes.

 

If your children are in separate teams, when appropriate, we encourage the interaction of the North Star and Rising Star teams.

 

Because Adventure Scouts USA is a family oriented organization, we always support activities and programs that encourage all ages to participate together.

 
If my child was not a Rising Star Scout, can he or she still join as a North Star Scout? PDF Print E-mail

Yes.  The Rising Star and North Star Scout Programs are separate programs.  It is not necessary to have completed one to participate in the other.

 
What types of material have the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA developed for its Scouts and Members? PDF Print E-mail
We are continuing to develop as many materials as possible and on an ongoing basis seek to increasingly improve the quality and quantity of those resources.  As modern Scout Programs, we desire for our materials to appeal to our Scouts and Members.  We encourage creativity and innovation and value when our Scouts and Members assist us by offering their suggestions for materials.  We encourage those of our Scouts and Members who either have experience or just enjoy writing to help us create new materials or to edit preexisting materials.
 
What materials and information do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA share with programs and organizations? PDF Print E-mail

We share our program materials and information, with others who share our mission.  For instance, why should it be necessary for every program or organization, of any kind, to create a document about how to run a meeting? 

Once, we have gone to the effort and expense of creating or developing material, we are proud others can avoid the cost and duplication of efforts of creating their own material or information.  With time and resources being limited as they are, we are happy to help others in any way we can.  In nearly every instance, we do not charge anything for the use of our program materials, information or assistance.

 
Why do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA share their program materials and information with programs and organizations? PDF Print E-mail
We share our program materials and information, with others who share our mission, because we believe by sharing material and information it better enables all those who find value in our efforts, to develop better value in theirs.  For instance, why should it be necessary for every program or organization to create a document about how to run a meeting? Once, we have gone to the effort and expense of creating or developing material, we are proud others can avoid the cost and duplication of efforts of creating their own material or information.  With time and resources being limited as they are, we are happy to help other in any way we can.  In nearly every instance, we do not charge anything for the use of our program materials, information or assistance.
 
If someone encounters a problem or identifies a concern how does Adventure Scouts USA assist or support them? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are membership driven.  We exist for our Scouts and Members. As a membership focused Scout Program we try our best to make things as easy as possible.  We intentionally choose to value the participation of all and actively encourage suggestions in an effort to avoid bureaucracy smothering us. 

We operate with a sense of urgency and consider assisting others an improvement opportunity. We are a family and when you are a Scout or Member of Adventure Scouts USA you are a member of our family.  We encourage heart to heart communication and consider everyone an individual and treat each fairly.  We are proud our staff and volunteers are accessible. 

We operate with a process of First Response communication.  When someone contacts us the first person they reach tries to immediately assist them and serves as their point person until the issue is resolved.  If the point person does not know the answer, they are the ones who will obtain the answer, and follow up.  Our First Response communication process attempts to minimize the transfer of an issue from one person to another. Our Scout Programs are always striving to improve and therefore are always evolving.  As we improve, we determine new and better ways our Scout Programs can appeal to our Scouts.  To improve the experience our Scouts have in our Scout Programs, we look beyond the programs we offer.  We listen to suggestions and value participation by responding time sensitively and with urgency.  In addition, we ascertain the emotions our Scouts experience while participating in our Scout Programs. 

By staying focused on improvement, we create stronger relationships with our Scouts and rapid responsive program development. We do not advocate that blame be cast but rather seek that personal responsibility be undertaken.  We encourage our Scouts and Members to help us help them.  We are committed to giving our best to develop experiences which on an individual basis are memorable.  We therefore encourage innovation based upon interaction with our Scouts, Members, interested persons and consider all Parents our Partners.

 
Why when someone encounters a problem or identifies a concern does Adventure Scouts USA assist or support them with a sense of urgency and immediacy? PDF Print E-mail
We believe, when someone takes the time and effort to contact us, that the speed of our response should reflect the importance of the purpose we were contacted for.  When an issue is of an urgent nature we react urgently.  When an issue is brought to our attention that is not of an urgent nature, we believe there is no time like now to try and address the issue.  We consider responding with a sense of urgency and immediacy a part of our purpose as a membership driven Scout Program.
 
How do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA feel about opposition to some Scout Programs or Scout Organizations? PDF Print E-mail

Opposition to some Scout Programs or Scout Organizations is generally directed towards the policies of one specific group, and not towards the overall concept of being a Scout.  Each Scout group has adapted their activities and membership to their effort.  There are other Scout groups in the United States and have been since the beginning of the Scout Movement. 

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage greater participation in the Scout Movement.  Our Scouts are brothers and sisters with all other Scouts.

 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA opposed or hostile to other Scout Organizations or Scout Programs? PDF Print E-mail
No.  A very few people with their own agendas might suggest we must be opposed or hostile to other Scout Organizations or Scout Programs.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, our Scouts are Brothers and Sisters with all other Scouts and Scout Programs or Scout Organizations.  We welcome the opportunity to work together to encourage more people to join the Scout Movement.  We are willing and interested in collaborating and assisting other Scout Organizations, Scout Programs or Scouts within this country or others.
 
As the newest American Scout Programs, how does Adventure Scouts USA encourage more participation in the Scout Movement? PDF Print E-mail

What first starts out, perceived as unique, in time is recognized as the standard.  Internationally, some Scout Programs and Scout Organizations were established immediately with co-ed membership.  Others, decades ago, transitioned to co-ed membership. 

The Scout Movement internationally has been moving in the direction of co-ed Scout programs and of encouraging more to join in the Fellowship of the Scout Movement. As the newest American Scout Programs, Adventure Scouts USA is proud our Scout Programs are co-ed, modern and up to date with the ability to evolve. 

Our Scout Programs are designed to evolve because our Scout Programs are by and for our Scouts.  It is our desire to positively contribute to how Americans perceive youth and to strengthen the values of family, relationships, character, and the Scout Movement generally.  

As the only fully nondiscriminatory American Scout Program and the newest, we have the unique opportunity to encourage increased participation in the Scout Movement by including those who formerly did not wish to participate in the Scout Movement, have been excluded by other Scout Programs or Scout Organizations, have failed to have their participation valued or suggestions appreciated, have not been fully welcomed or have found their interests were not valued.  It is our desire to encourage more to join the Scout Movement whether in our Scout Program or another Scout Program or Scout Organization. Our Scout Programs promote strong families and strengthen family values.  Our programs offer families natural ways to spend time together, which contribute to, providing balance in the life of the family. 

Our Scout Programs offer families with male and female children the opportunity to participate in one Scout Program.  Our Scout Programs also enable all of the children in a family to participate in one Scout Program, particularly when one or more of the children or their friends are excluded or not fully welcomed by another Scout Program or Scout Organization. As a membership based co-ed Scout Program, we encourage freedom of choice which enables each of our Scouts and Members to personalize their Scout Program participation.  These unique characteristics contribute to increasing participation in the Scout Movement.

 
Are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA a member of one of the several International Scout Associations? PDF Print E-mail

We are not yet members of any of the several International Scout Associations.  However, we are steadily completing their requirements and have laid the foundations for our approval first as an affiliate and then as a permanent member. 

International Scout Associations are non-governmental and were formed to assist the national groups who share the principles of their Scout Association. The Scout Movement is a non-discriminatory fellowship whose members value self improvement, service to others and have a belief in something greater than oneself. Being a Scout is a way of living one's life and leading one's life.  It is not a specific set of rules or facts, which one must know. It is how one conducts themselves in their daily life that demonstrates whether one is worthy of the title of Scout.

Consequently, there is no single entity which franchises or controls the Scout Movement.  The very nature of the Scout Movement, is that it is, in fact, a Movement, designed to adapt and intended to evolve while staying true to its fundamental principles.  The principles embraced by all Scouts are a desire to improve life long, to help others, and a belief in something greater than oneself.

 
Do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA have a political or religious affiliation? PDF Print E-mail
No.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are non-partisan and neither supports nor endorses any candidate, political party or religious group.
 
Is Adventure Scouts USA a religious organization? PDF Print E-mail
No.  Adventure Scouts USA is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization chartered by the District of Columbia.  Participation is available to all individuals and organizations, whether public, private, or parochial, that are consistent with the goals of Adventure Scouts USA.
 
How successful are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
The long term answer to this question will be clearer to us in about 20-25 years when the Scouts of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA start to become parents.  When they do become parents, it is how they interact with their own children that is the best measurement of our success.
 
How do we measure the success of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail

We measure the short term success of our Scout Programs by whether our Scouts are having FUN while they are using the methods and aims of the Scout Movement, and continuing to achieve our mission.

 

 The long term answer to this question will be clearer to us in about 20-25 years when the Scouts of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA start to become parents.  When they do become parents, it is how they interact with their own children that is the best measurement of our success.
 
Can you describe the effort required to develop the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are the cumulative effort of many people, some of whom offered only one idea; others who have offered a direction to head in. 

Some became enthusiastically involved and many others contributed to the degree that they felt comfortable.  

We ask the Scouts of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA to always give their best.  Similarly, we encourage all those interested in our endeavor to give their best.  We value the participation of all who seek to improve the lives of others and always welcome suggestions.

 
How are the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA different from the advocacy organization Scouting For All? PDF Print E-mail

Scouting For All is an advocacy organization seeking to affect change in the policies of one American Scout Organization. 

They are not a Scout Program, themselves.  Scouting For All is neither a Scout Program nor Scout Organization.

 
How do I know if my child is ready for the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA? PDF Print E-mail
The answer to this question of course depends entirely on the family and the child or youth.  Some children or youth may feel comfortable in any environment, while others may be shy and uncomfortable in new situations.  We encourage our Scouts to feel welcome in all of our activities, which are designed to bring out the best in each individual.
 
What does Adventure Scouts USA mean when they say “parents are our partners?” PDF Print E-mail

Society today increasingly makes it more difficult for parents to spend time together with their family.  Some of the purposes of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are to instill in every Scout a sense of adventure, and of the value of family and friends.  The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA are family oriented and parents are encouraged to meaningfully participate to the best of their interests and/or ability.  Parents can play a part in their child’s Scout life by driving their child to and from Scout Meetings, and assisting their child in their Scout Activities.  The success of your child’s Scout Experience and the benefit to your child are dependent upon your interest.  The Team Counselor and the Counselors of your child’s Team are most likely parents themselves and will value your participation.  They are an excellent source of information and will support your efforts and your child’s efforts as they participate in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.

 
Why are the Scout Promises and Scout Code of the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA different from other Scout Programs? PDF Print E-mail
Each Scout Program or Scout Organization each typically chooses to adapt their effort to their country, circumstances or choice of activities. 
 
Why do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA have a Scout Promise instead of a Scout Oath? PDF Print E-mail
Our Scouts have a Scout Promise because a promise is voluntary.  Our Scouts choose, organize, and lead their own meeting, programs, and activities.  Choice is a central part of our Scout Programs.  The choice to be a Scout is entirely that – a choice.  We expect our Scouts to be as good as their word and do what they say they will do; however we do not force them to take part in any particular activity or promise to do anything they do not want to do.  An Oath is far more serious.  We want our Scouts to understand a promise they make before they make it, rather than swearing an Oath to words they do not understand and had nothing to do with crafting.
 
Why do the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA have a Scout Code instead of a Scout Law? PDF Print E-mail
First of all, we have only two real laws:  our Scouts safely have FUN, and everyone is treated with respect.  Our Scout Programs are FUN and we avoid the word “laws” in general when describing our guidelines.  Scouts follow a Code of conduct like the Knights of the Round Table, agreeing on basic rules that should be followed to ensure respect for everyone.  We want our Scouts to understand a Code they agree to, rather than obeying a law they do not understand and had nothing to do with crafting.
 
Why can’t I find an answer to my specific question? PDF Print E-mail

Our Scout Programs are not perfect and we do not expect them to be.  In fact, by being imperfect, we have the opportunity to continuously evolve.  We encourage suggestions and are always working hard to earn the trust of our members and of the greater community. 

We kindly ask that all interested parties maintain an open mind and an open heart when realizing that we are creating modern programs for an open membership.  Right now you can be a part of the future by supporting the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA which are open to all.  Working together we can all make a difference.  So don't delay, join us today!

 


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