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May 31, 2023

Prepared for service.
Prepared for patriotism.
Prepared for life.

Service is in our movement’s DNA. Duty to country is in the first line of our oath and prominent in our programs. From flag ceremonies at ball games and leading parades, to decorating the graves of veterans and retiring worn flags with dignity, Scouts are often finding ways to begin serving our nation and showing their love and respect for this country early in life.

In 1907, Baden-Powell, an English soldier, devised the Scout motto: Be Prepared. But Baden-Powell wasn’t just thinking about first aid and wartime emergencies when he coined the motto. Baden-Powell’s idea was that all Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and to give happiness to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body for any struggles, and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges might lie ahead. Be prepared for life – to live happily and without regret, knowing that you have done your best. That’s what the Scout motto means.

Since 1910, the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared,” has been used to teach more than 111 million Scouts, domestic and abroad, the importance of being ready at all times. It’s a lifestyle foundation for millions of past and present generations. We need your help this May 31st on NCAC’s Giving Day to ensure Scouting’s values-based programs can be delivered to future generations of youth. Please consider giving a 100% tax deductible gift on May 31st. Your gift stays right here, in the DC, MD, VA region, and help make Scouting the best it can be!