Vision

Troop 243 will help develop young men into outstanding citizen leaders in today's society, demonstrated by living the ideals and values of the BSA.

We will accomplish this by combining traditional scout skills and training with modern technological tools.

Aims and Methods

The three aims of Boy Scouts are:

  1. Character Development
  2. Citizenship Training
  3. Personal Fitness

We have eight methods of achieving these aims:

  1. Ideals - We express high ideals in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan. Scouts are encouraged to try and live up to these in their daily lives.
  2. Patrols - Scouts are grouped into small groups where they learn to depend on and hold each other accountable. They learn to work with each other's strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Outdoor Programs - Our outdoor programs not only encourage physical fitness, they also provide many opportunities to encounter challenges and work through them.
  4. Advancement - The ranks give a scout recognition for increasing skills, leadership, and personal development. 
  5. Adult Association - Our leaders serve as role models by striving to live to the ideals. But also, scouts learn to interact with adults in a safe environment.
  6. Personal Growth - Many opportunities are provided for a scout to grow. When mistakes are made, or even rules broken the starting place is to use these as teaching moments.
  7. Leadership Development - Scouts take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in their patrol and troop. The ideal is that the troop is completely "boy led" and the adults stay back providing safety oversight and advice. This is not to say that we simply let the scouts flounder.
  8. Uniform - Our uniform provides the scout with identity and encourages living up to the ideals of the organization.