Character Development

Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today

Character development should extend into every aspect of a child’s life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use the 12 points of the Scout Law throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings

The Scout Law

A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep your promises. People can depend on you.

A Scout is LOYAL. Be true to your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country. 

A Scout is HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

A Scout is FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you. 

A Scout is COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners. 

A Scout is KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

A Scout is OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

A Scout is CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to make others happy. 

A Scout is THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Don’t be wasteful. Use time, property, and natural resources wisely. 

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

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

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


Character Compass

Character CompassThe goals of the Cub Scout leader are

  • to seek out and maximize the many opportunities to incorporate character development
  • to help the young Cub Scout understand that character is important to the individual, to his family, community, country, world, and God

Character development should not be viewed as something done occasionally as part of a separate program, or as part of only one area of life. For in reality, character development is a part of everything a Cub Scout does. Character development lessons can be found in every aspect of the Cub Scouting experience.

As Cub Scouts work on the adventures in their handbooks, they will notice the Character Compass symbol.

A compass is a tool that guides a person from place to place. Character is how we act, and it guides our entire lives. This compass will be a guide to one or more of the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Every time Cub Scouts check the compass, it will remind them of how the activities in each adventure are related to the Scout Law. This may also help them think about how the points of the Scout Law guide their way in Cub Scouting and in daily life. Those points are all different, and each one is a treasure for Scouts to find.