The Boy Scouts has a long his­to­ry of show­ing sup­port for their coun­try. At the foun­da­tion of the Scout­ing pro­gram, Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son described the pur­pose of the pro­gram. It was to teach boys patri­o­tism, courage, and self-reliance. Scouts have always been patri­ots through and through as they focus on these key prin­ci­ples.

Today, Boy Scouts con­tin­ue to uphold the val­ues of patri­o­tism. They do this by serv­ing U.S. ser­vice­men and women, par­tic­i­pat­ing in Memo­r­i­al Day, Fourth of July, and Vet­er­ans Day parades and activ­i­ties across the coun­try, tak­ing part in flag retire­ment cer­e­monies, plac­ing flags at local ceme­ter­ies, and so much more. All of this helps to build a sense of pride in our coun­try and its rich his­to­ry, which is impor­tant in nur­tur­ing our generation’s future lead­ers. 

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate our great nation’s birth than to take a look at the many inspir­ing ways Boy Scouts have shown patri­o­tism through­out his­to­ry? 

Fun Facts

  1. The Boy Scouts of Amer­i­ca pro­gram was first estab­lished Feb­ru­ary 8th, 1910. The Scout Oath was the basis for many of the val­ues Scouts hold today. They strive to “help oth­er peo­ple at all times; to keep [them­selves] phys­i­cal­ly strong, men­tal­ly awake and moral­ly straight.”
  2. Patri­o­tism, cit­i­zen­ship, and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice are core ele­ments of the Boy Scout expe­ri­ence. 
  3. Scout­ing believes that patri­o­tism plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in prepar­ing our nation’s youth to become use­ful and par­tic­i­pat­ing cit­i­zens.
  4.  The BSA believes that no mem­ber can grow into the best kind of cit­i­zen with­out rec­og­niz­ing an oblig­a­tion to God. It encour­ages both youth and adult lead­ers to be faith­ful in their reli­gious duties.
  5. More than 2 mil­lion boys in the Unit­ed States have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
  6. Five U.S. Pres­i­dents were Boy Scouts — John F. Kennedy, Ger­ald Ford, William Clin­ton, George W. Bush, and Barack Oba­ma.
  7. The 40th anniver­sary of the BSA cel­e­brat­ed the theme of “Strength­en the Arm of Lib­er­ty.” As part of the theme, the BSA dis­trib­uted over 200 repli­cas of the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty. 
  8. Dur­ing the First World War, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts all raised mon­ey for hos­pi­tals to treat those harmed in the war, as well as orphan­ages for those who lost their fam­i­lies because of the war.
  9. The only men to walk on the moon were Boy Scouts.
  10. One hun­dred and fifty mem­bers of the 115th Con­gress have par­tic­i­pat­ed in Scout­ing, 33 of them being Eagle Scouts.

    That is a whole lot to be proud of! We are grate­ful for the many Scouts who strive to uphold the virtues of patri­o­tism and cit­i­zen­ship. Hap­py Fourth!

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Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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