The abilities listed are not exhaustive, but provide the basis on which national Scout associations can develop concrete educational objectives which take into account the needs of young people at various stages of development within a specific socio-cultural environment. 

As the areas of development reflect dimensions of the whole personality, in a real person the abilities listed depend upon or involve development in more than one area. It is the well-balanced and harmonious development of the whole personality towards greater autonomy, solidarity, responsibility and commitment that would describe what Baden-Powell called a person of “character”.