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Sir Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, said, "Scouting is a game," and so it is. A game for boys, led by men, but a game with a very serious and important air. A boy joins a troop of Scouts primarily because he expects to have fun, so our game must be fun. As a result of the fun a boy has, he is exposed to men of character, dedicated to the idea of helping boys to grow into the best kind of manhood. Character building, citizenship training, and physical fitness are our goals for every boy; and we must always keep these goals before us.
These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of brotherhood and comradeship primarily in an outdoor setting, because Scouting is an outdoor program. Boys, even in this space age, crave fun and adventure as well as the excitement and fellowship which can be found nowhere else in such full measure as they are found around a campfire with their fellow Scouts…floating a woodland stream in a canoe or hiking a trail with their buddies and their admired leader.
Leadership is developed only through opportunities to lead and Scouting offers these opportunities in abundance. Through the experiences boys have today as Scouts, they are prepared for the challenges of tomorrow in this increasingly complex world.
The program of character building and citizenship training was considered so important by the leaders of the nation that a federal Charter was granted to the Boy Scouts of America with the responsibility of making the program available to every boy in America.
THE GREATER ALABAMA COUNCIL
Chartered by the National Council, our local organization has been assigned responsibility for twenty-two counties in North Alabama. Under our charter we are responsible for making the benefits of the movement available to the youth of the territory served by the council.