About Us

Scouting Mission, Aims & MethodsThe mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

To fulfill this mission, Boy Scouting works towards three aims.

  1. One is growth in moral strength and character. We may define this as what the boy is himself; his personal qualities, his values, his outlook.
  2. A second is participating citizenship. Used broadly, citizenship means the boy's relationship to others. He comes to learn obligations to other people, to the society he lives in, and to the government that presides over that society.
  3. A third aim of Boy Scouting is development of physical, mental, and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).

The methods are designed to accomplish these aims. Thus it is important that you know and use the methods of Boy Scouting. Other methods are good, but they may bring different results -- results quite different than we are seeking...

  • Advancement - Self-reliance-ability to help others-challenge
  • Ideals - Oath - Law - Motto – Slogan
  • Patrols - Peer groups-elected representation-activities
  • Outdoors - All outdoor programs 
  • Adult Association - Image-role model-example
  • Personal Growth - Good Turn-service projects-religious emblems
  • Leadership Development - Leadership skills and practice-citizenship
  • Uniform - Commitment to aims-identity

Troop Meetings
Troop meetings are every Thursday night at Old South Church, 6 Salem St., at 7:02 PM if there is school that day. Occasionally we meet on a non-school night if there is a trip coming up that weekend.

What do we do?Boy Scout Portrait with Scout Oath Background
Troop 702 generally has at least one trip each month – camping, hiking, biking, skiing, etc. In the summer, we organize two different summer camps for the Scouts – and the adults. In addition, in the summer we have a more advanced High Adventure trip for our older Scouts. We meet each week during the school year and work year-round on advancing through the Scouting ranks, earning merit badges, participating in community service projects and having fun. It is not necessary to come each week – we recognize that the Scouts also participate in other activities such as school clubs and sports.

Can I help my son’s Troop?
Active, committed Leaders and parents are the heart and soul of a successful Troop. You don’t need to have any special abilities to make a huge difference in a young man’s life. Volunteer to help at one of our many events; you’ll be glad you did! The leaders at Troop 702 are always looking for assistance in running a quality program for our Scouts. Your Troop needs YOU!

Boy Scouting is available to boys who have completed the fifth grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old. A boy does NOT have to have been a Cub Scout or Webelo to become a Boy Scout. To find out more about Scouting, contact visit any of our weekly meetings.

Boy Scout Troop 702 is sponsored by Old South United Methodist Church, Reading, MA