The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years of scouting in the United States. Originally started by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in England in 1908, the Boy Scouts of America was founded February 8, 1910 by William D. Boyce.
Unknown Scout Helps Boyce
Scouting legend has it that while Boyce was visiting England in 1909, he became lost in London in the fog. Not knowing what to do, he asked the help of a scout, a member of Baden-Powell’s group. After helping Boyce find his way, the young scout reportedly refused a tip from Boyce, saying it was part of his duty as a scout to do a good turn daily for others. Boyce was so impressed, that upon returning to the United States, he founded the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouting Builds Character in Boys
The aim of scouting is to build character in young men and boys. The Boy Scouts of America has long held that young men need training and activity to become men of character. They accomplish this by instilling noble traits in scouts by repeating often their law, and engaging in activities that support these traits. Being involved in scouting is an excellent way for young men to explore their own personalities, likes and dislikes, and how to be a productive member of society.
Scouting Activities Center on Service
Most scouting activities center on service to others. The Scout slogan, Do a Good Turn Daily, helps scouts to serve others and reminds them that service is key to happiness in life. Advancement in Scouting requires service to others in addition to personal achievement in specific areas,
Trail of the Eagle
The highest award for boy scouts is the Eagle Scout Award. This requires boy scouts to earn merit badges in many different areas, from personal finance and fitness, to scholarship and wilderness survival. Over the years, new merit badges have emerged, with a video game merit badge now available. Boy Scouts move from Tenderfoot up through First and Second Class Scouts to become Star Scouts. One year after attaining Star Scout, a scout can earn his Life Scout and finally his coveted Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts must obtain approval from a Board of Review, after completing all requirements including a significant service project that must benefit the community.
Boy Scouts Grow to Men
As Boy Scouts grow to manhood, the lessons and principles they learn in Scouting are essential building blocks to becoming a father, husband, friend and hero. Happy Birthday to Scouting, celebrating 100 years of achievement and building great men!