Today, February 8th, 2018, is the Boy Scouts of America’s 108th birthday.
Happy Birthday, BSA!
It all started in a fog, probably. Some people say the element of fog was added as a dramatic element. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting story.
While walking the “foggy” streets of London in 1909, American businessman William Boyce got lost. A young boy offered to help him find his way. Boyce wanted to compensate him, but the boy declined. He explained that he was a Scout and it was his duty to help and Scouts never take money for doing good turns. Interested, William Boyce met with British Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powell. Boyce knew that boys back home in America could benefit from a program like the Boy Scouts. Offical papers establishing the Boy Scouts of America were signed on February 8, 1910 – the date now celebrated as the birthday of the BSA.
Fun Fact from 1910: Halley’s Comet was visible from Earth
The only comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime, Halley made its first appearance of the 20th century in 1910. In 1986 it was visible again. The next projected appearance is in 2061, so stay tuned and think of Scouting as it soars across the sky.
Play this fun game to celebrate Scouting and its rich history. Can you match the following Scouts with their remarkable accomplishments?
1. Naturalist and First Chief Scout
2. Woodsman and early Scout Commissioner
3. First Scout Executive
4. First World Scout
5. First American to climb Mt. Everest
6. First man to walk on the Moon
7. First Eagle Scout to be President of the United States
8. First baseball player to break Babe Ruth’s home run record
9. First to fly a balloon around the world solo and non-stop
a. Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong
b. Daniel Carter Beard
c. Eagle Scout Jim Whittaker
d. Ernest Thompson Seton
e. Scout Hank Aaron
f. Eagle Scout Steve Fossett
g. Eagle Scout Gerald Ford
h. James E. West
i. Robert Baden-Powell
Find the answers below.
Even more than a hundred years later the Boy Scouts are still going strong in America. Here’s to another 108 years, Happy Birthday!
Birthday photos from: https://www.scoutstuff.org/media/content/docs/pdfs/BePrepared_Vol_2_No_2.pdf
Quiz Answers: 1.d; 2.b; 3.h; 4.i; 5.c; 6.a; 7.g; 8.e; 9.f