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.
The Eight Methods of Scouting
1. Ideals Each Scout commits himself to the personal behavior guides
and standards in the Scout motto, the slogan, the Oath and the Law
2. Patrols Patrols give Scouts experience in teamwork, democracy and
3. Outdoors Scouting emphasizes outdoors activities which foster an
appreciation of nature and our ecology. Along the way, Scouts practice
and learn new skills and develop confidence in their own abilities to
cope with obstacles. Scouting is outing!
4. Advancement The advancement program provides Scouts with a ladder
of skills to climb at his own pace. On the way up, he has many
opportunities to learn and to be recognized for his achievements.
5. Personal growth All of the other methods contribute to the personal
growth of a Scout through experience. The quest for growth is a
6. Adult association Adult leaders, male and female, provide an
example to Scouts of the high character they should strive for in
their personal growth.
7. Leadership development Making boys get leadership experiences is
one of the most valuable things Scouting does.
8. Uniform The uniform reminds a Scout of who he is and what is
expected of him. It identifies him as part of a patrol, troop, council
and worldwide youth movement. He can take pride in being a Scout, and
in the achievements shown on his uniform and sash. Even neighborhood
gangs recognize the importance of wearing a uniform, their colors.