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Scout Oath

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.

On My Honor...

By giving your word you are promising to be guided by the ideals of the Scout Oath.

...I will do my best...

Try hard to live up to the points of the Scout Oath. Measure your achievements  against your own high standards and don't be influenced by peer pressure or what other people do.

...To do my duty to God...

Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can serve.
You do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings every day and by respecting and defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs.

...And my country...

Help Keep the United States a strong and fair nation by learning about our system of government and your responsibilities as a citizen and future voter.

...And to obey the Scout Law;...

the twelve points of the Scout Law are guidelines that can lead you toward wise choices. When you obey the Scout Law, other people will respect you for the way you live,
and you will respect yourself.

...To help other people at all times...

There are many people who need you. Your cheerful smile and
helping hand will ease the burden of manywho need assistance. By helping out whenever possible,
you are doing your part to make this a better world. Do a good turn.

...To keep myself physically strong...

Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritios foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. It also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and
anything else that can harm your health.

...Mentally awake...

Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities. With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learnuch about the exciting world around you and the
role you play in it.

...And morally straight...

To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance.

The Scout Law

Scout Law:

 A Scout is...

A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Motto & Slogan

Scout Motto

Be Prepared


Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily

The Scout Badge

When we speak of the Scout badge, we mean the badge of the First Class Boy Scout. It is shown here. 

1. The three-point design of the badge is like the north point of the old sailor's compass.The main part of the badge shows that a Scout is able to point the right way in life as truly as the compass points it in the field.

2. The three points, like the three fingers in the Scout sign, stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath to which a boy pledges himself as a Boy Scout.

3. The stars symbolize the ideals of truth and knowledge of the Scouting movement. They guide you by night and suggest a Scout's outdoor life.

4. The eagle with the shield is the national emblem of the United States of America. It stands for freedom and a readiness to defend that freedom.

5. The scroll with the Scout motto is turned up at the ends to suggest the corners of a Scout's mouth raised in a smile as he does his duty cheerfully.

6. The knot attached to the bottom of the scroll is to remind you that, as a Boy Scout, you promise to be helpful and to do a Good Turn for someone every day. 




    The Outdoor Code

    As an American I will do my best to...

    Be clean in my outdoor manners
    I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
    I will take care of it for myself and others.
    I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
    Be careful with fire
    I will prevent wildfire.
    I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
    When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
    I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
    Be considerate in the outdoors
    I will treat public and private property with respect.
    I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
    And to be conservation minded
    I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
    I will urge others to do the same.


    The Pledge of Allegiance

    The Pledge of Allegiance

      When you pledge allegiance to the flag, you promise loyalty and devotion to your nation.

      I pledge allegiance... You promise to be true the flag... to the emblem of your country

      ... of the United States of America... a nation made up of fifty states and several territories, each with certain rights of its own

      ... and to the republic... a country where the people elect representatives from among themselves to make laws for them

      ...for which it stands... the flag represents the United States of America

      ... one nation under God, ... a country whose people are free to believe in God

      ... indivisible, ... the nation cannot be split into parts

      ... with liberty and justice... with freedom and fairness

      ...for all. ... for every person in the country - you and every other American.

    Rank and Merit Badge



    This page has information for Scouting Ranks, Awards and Merit Badges

    Rank requirements Tenderfoot to 1st Class

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    Why Do Scouts Wear Uniforms?


    Scouting's founder, Lord Baden Powell realized long ago, that when people look the same (uniform), they not only show they are members of an organization, but being dressed the same  ERASES all trace of "class" or "wealth" or "social status".  

    In Scouting, all are equal and treat each other with respect.  In doing so, we learn to look past class, income, race, religion, nationality, and social status.

    Despite the attacks from some of Scouting's detractors, there has never been a program so OPEN and SUPPORTIVE of diversity as Scouting.

    Considering this was taken into account in 1907,  Lord Baden Powell was clearly a man ahead of his time.

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    Scout Statistics

    One Hundred Scouts

    Of any one hundred boys who become Scouts, it must be confessed that thirty will drop out in their first year. Perhaps this may be regarded as a failure, but in later life all of these will remember that they had been Scouts and will speak well of the program.

    Of the one hundred, only rarely will one ever appear before a juvenile court judge. Twelve of the one hundred will be from families that belong to no church. Through Scouting, these twelve and many of their families will be brought into contact with a church and will continue to be active all their lives. Six of the one hundred will become pastors.

    Each of the one hundred will learn something from Scouting. Almost all will develop hobbies that will add interest throughout the rest of their lives. Approximately one-half will serve in the military, and in varying degrees, profit from their Scout training. At least one will use it to save another person's life and many will credit it with saving their own.

    Four of the one hundred will reach Eagle rank, and at least one will later say that he valued his Eagle above his college degree. Many will find their future vocation through merit badge work and Scouting contacts. Seventeen of the one hundred boys will later become Scout leaders and will give leadership to thousands of additional boys.

    Only one in four boys in America will become a Scout, but it is interesting to know that of the leaders in this nation in business, religion and politics, three out of four were Scouts.

    This story will never end. Like the "Golden Pebble" of service dropped into the human sea it will continue to radiate in ever-widening circles, influencing the characters of men down through unending time.

    More Statistics

    Scouting's alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation-wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

    85% of student council presidents were Scouts

    89% of senior class presidents were Scouts

    80% of junior class presidents were Scouts

    75% of school publication editors were Scouts

    71% of football captains were Scouts
    Scouts also account for:
    64% of Air Force Academy graduates

    68% of West Point graduates

    70% of Annapolis graduates

    72% of Rhodes Scholars

    85% of FBI agents

    26 of the first 29 astronauts

    Other interesting Statistics

    104 million The number of members since 1910.

    1,209,077 The number of adults providing the Scouting program to America's youth.

    124,660 The number of Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.

    40,029 The number of Eagle Scout badges earned.

    240 The number of individuals who earned a heroism award.

    1,363,795 The number of subscribers who learned to read or improved their reading skills with Boys' Life magazine.

    136 The number of chartered organizations the BSA worked with during the year.

    75,000+ The number of religious emblems earned.

    Three Fires Council Scout Shops

    Scouting material at one of these two Council Scout Shop locations in or near Three Fires Council. The friendly Scout Shop staff is ready to assist you in selecting uniforms, badges, camping gear, and activity, and recognition items.

    Norris Scout Shop 415 N. Second St. St. Charles, IL 60174
               Phone: (630) 797-4614   Fax: (630) 584-8598   E-mail:

    Deicke Scout Shop 155 W. Roosevelt Road West Chicago, IL 60185
                 Phone: (630) 231-3192 Fax: (630) 231-3194    E-mail:

    Click Here to visit the Council Scout Shop online for valuable coupons and specials, schedule of hours, and other information.

    All major credit cards accepted!

    The Dollar Store in downtown Sycamore on W. State Street (Rte 64)(between Somonauk St & California St).
    They carry most uniform parts. Cash Only.

    Folding the American Flag


    As a military custom, the flag is lowered daily at the last note of retreat. Special care should be taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The Flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for Independence. In the folding, the red and white stripes are finally wrapped into the blue, as the light of day vanishes into the darkness of night.

    This custom of special folding is reserved for the United States Flag alone.

    Step 1

    Folding The American Flag Step #1

    To properly fold the Flag, begin by holding it waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.

    Step 2

    Folding The American Flag Step #2

    Fold the lower half of the stripe section lengthwise over the field of stars, holding the bottom and top edges securely.

    Step 3

    Folding The American Flag Step #3

    Fold the flag again lengthwise with the blue field on the outside.

    Step 4

    Folding The American Flag Step #4

    Make a triangular fold by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to meet the open (top) edge of the flag.

    Step 5

    Folding The American Flag Step #5

    Turn the outer (end) point inward, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle.

    Step 6

    Folding The American Flag Step #6

    The triangular folding is continued until the entire length of the flag is folded in this manner.

    Step 7

    Folding The American Flag Step #7

    When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should be visible.

    Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941)

    “In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.”

    “A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.”

    "For these [difficulties] I have found that a smile and a stick will carry you through all right, and in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it is the smile that does the trick."

    "When next you are worried or angry, force yourself to turn up the corners of your mouth and smile-and you will find the value of this tip."

    ". . . the Devil is best described by the term " Selfulness.""

    "In a difficult situation one never-failing guide is to ask yourself: "What would Christ have done?" Then do it-as nearly as you can."

    “Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope.”

    "This world that we're a' livin' in Is mighty hard to beat: Of course there's thorns in every rose, But ain't the roses sweet !"

    "A thing that many young fellows don't seem to realism at first is that success depends on oneself and not on a kindly fate, nor on the interest of powerful friends."

    "Varied are the ideas of what constitutes "success," e.g. money, position, power, achievement, honours, and the like. But these are not open to every man-nor do they bring what is real success, namely, happiness."

    As Sir Henry Newbolt sums it up: "The real test of success is whether a life has been a happy one and a happy giving one."

    "Almost any biography will have its useful suggestions for making life a success, but none better or more unfailing than the biography of Christ."

    "Your natural inclination is to preach and to warn other travellers of snags in the path, but isn't it better to signal to them some of the joys by the way which they might otherwise miss?"

    “In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.”

    The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.”

    “Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.”

    “O God, help me to win, but in thy wisdom if thou willest me not to win, then O God, make me a good loser.”

    “We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.”

    “If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.”

    “A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.”

    “An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.”

    “When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.”

     “The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.”

    “To get a hold on boys you must be their friend.”


    "You can only get discipline in the mass by discipline in the individual."

    "Leave this world a little better than you found it."

                                                                                               Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941)

    Many from: Lessons from the Varsity of Life was written in 1933 when B-P was 76 years old. It is his longest autobiographical work.



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