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Today in History: The Boy Scouts of America Was Founded

Today in History: The Boy Scouts of America Was Founded

Scout’s honor!  It’s National Boy Scouts Day.

Today is National Boy Scouts Day, the anniversary of the organization’s founding in 1910.  As one of the nation’s largest and most influential youth-development organizations, the Boy Scouts of America has changed the lives of generations of young men across the country.  Through hands-on learning and an emphasis on values, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) prides itself on their ability to offer their scouts practical learning and wonderful experiences that prepare them for real life.

According to www.scouting.org:

Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Scout Mission: The 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 Scout Law.

Additionally, there are several programs within BSA that are co-ed and include Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouting, and Exploring.

In honor of this National Boy Scouts Day, here are some key dates and important figures surrounding the organization.

Key Dates

  • Boy Scouts of America incorporated, 1910
  • First Boy Scout Handbook published, 1911
  • Boys’ Life premiered, 1911
  • First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred, 1912
  • Scouting magazine premiered, 1913
  • Registration of Scouts began, 25¢ annual fee, 1913
  • Order of the Arrow began, 1915
  • Federal charter granted by Congress, 1916
  • First season at what would become Northern Tier High Adventure Base, 1923
  • Boy Scout membership tops 1 million, 1925
  • Cub Scout program began, 1930
  • Philmont donated to the BSA, 1938
  • First BSA Wood Badge course taught, 1948
  • First Pinewood Derby® held, 1953
  • Webelos program added to Cub Scouting, 1954
  • Exploring program began, 1959
  • Florida National High Adventure Sea Base officially opened, 1980
  • Tiger Cubs program added to Cub Scouting, 1982
  • 1 millionth Eagle Scout, Alexander M. Holsinger, 1982
  • Learning for Life program began, 1991
  • Venturing program began, 1998
  • 100 millionth member registered, 2000
  • 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, 2009

Membership Stats

  • Total Cub Scouts: 62,226,396
  • Total Boy Scouts/Venturers: 52,077,933
  • Total Youth Served: 114,304,329
  • Total Adult Volunteers: 33,364,261
  • Total number of merit badges awarded: 117,649,303

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate National Boy Scouts Day. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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