This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org, Soaring Golden Eagle email@example.com and Alan Houser firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
There are three aims to BSA Scouting:
To build character
To build self-reliance, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-respect
To foster citizenship
To foster love of community, country and world, along with a commitment of
service to others and an understanding of democratic principles.
To develop fitness
To develop physical, mental, emotional, and moral fitness that will
stay with a Scout for the rest of his life.
These three aims are the bedrock of the American Scouting movement. They
represent the long term outcomes we want for every boy.