The Boy Scouts of America defines the three aims of Scouting as growth in moral strength and character, participating citizenship, and the development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. To help accomplish these aims, one of the key methods is the Outdoors experience.
Robert Baden-Powell once said,
A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.
The BSA enhances his view by describing the Outdoors method as follows: Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoors that Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with each other. It is here that the skills and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature helps Scouts gain an appreciation for God’s handiwork and humankind’s place in it. The outdoors is the laboratory for Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation of nature’s resources.