The Official Charter of the Boy Scouts of America states:
"The purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scout craft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using methods which are now in common use by the Boy Scouts."
The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America:
"It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law."
The Purpose of the Council:
"The purpose of the Council is to guide and support the districts for the achievement of the movements purpose."
This is a measure of how well the Scouting program is getting to the units. Councils establish policies and programs. Districts carry out the policies and programs in their respective territories.
The Purpose of the District:
A Scouting district is a geographical area of the local BSA Council, determined by the council executive board. District leaders mobilize resources to ensure growth and success of the scouting units within the district's territory.
"The Purpose of the district is to work through chartered organizations and community groups to organize and support successful units."