Core Values


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

Cub Scouting's 12 Core Values

1.  Citizenship: Contributing service
and showing responsibility to local,
state, and national communities.

Compassion: Being kind and
considerate, and showing concern for
the well-being of others.

Cooperation: Being helpful and
working together with others toward a
common goal

Courage: Being brave and doing
what is right regardless of our fears,
the difficulties, or the consequences.

Faith: Having inner strength and
confidence based on our trust in God.

Health and Fitness: Being
personally committed to keeping our
minds and bodies clean and fit.
7.  Honesty: Telling the truth and
being worthy of trust.

Perseverance: Sticking with
something and not giving up, even if
it is difficult.

Positive Attitude: Being cheerful
and setting our minds to look for and
find the best in all situations.

Resourcefulness: Using
human and other resources to their

Respect: Showing regard for
the worth of something or someone.

Responsibility: Fulfilling our
duty to God, country, other people,
and ourselves.
12 Core Values and the Scout Law

Boy Scouts learn and strive to live by the Scout Law:

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent

Many of the core values of Cub Scouting relate directly to the Scout Law:

Core Value Scout Law
Compassion Kind
Cooperation Helpful
Courage Brave
Health and Fitness Clean
Honesty Trustworthy
Positive Attitude Cheerful