The broad purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young men develop their character. There is much emphasis placed on assisting these young men to develop into strong healthy citizens who will lead our communities and country in the years ahead. Our methods help to promote these ideals through the challenge of putting them into practice with the Troop Program. This is done in a way that is both challenging and fun.
To provide opportunities for young men to practice leadership, citizenship, and confident independence, we use the outdoor program of Scouting. This program allows us to remove the boys from their familiar surroundings and place them in situations where they will have to rely on their skills and the cooperation of their fellow Scouts!
Troop 13 is chartered to pursue the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America. This purpose as incorporated in 1910 and chartered by Congress in 1916, is to provide for boys and young adults an effective educational program designed to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop physical, mental, and emotional fitness.
The Boy Scouts of America cannot, itself, operate a Scouting unit. Because of the wording of its charter from Congress, it is required to work “through organization, and cooperation with other agencies in promoting the Scouting program”. All Scout Troops are owned and operated by community organizations desiring to use the Scouting program to serve youth.
The Boy Scouts of America makes available an educational resource program based on a duty to God and country through a local council for use of any local organization whose aims and purpose are in harmony with Scouting’s aims. This may be a religious institution, club, PTA, lodge, civic group, or group of citizens who get together just for the purpose of Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America makes its program available by issuing a charter for each unit (Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, etc.) an organization operates.
Thus, the organization has one or more charters from the Boy Scouts of America for one or more Scouting units. This charter authorizes the organization to make use of the Scouting program as a part of its total program, under leadership it has selected, for all youth who want to join. Troop 13 is chartered to the Rotary Club of Chester, Inc.