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100 Years of Boy Scouts

Updated on October 19, 2014

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2010 is the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated on February 8, 1910 under the laws of the District of Columbia. The founders of the Boy Scout of America organization included William D. Boyce, Colin H. Livingstone, Daniel Carter Beard, Ernest Thompson Seton, James E. West, and honorary members former Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

The scouting movement was originated by Robert Baden-Powell of the British Army, when in 1907, he held the first encampment on Brownsea Island in England.

During the 100 year anniversary, the Boy Scouts will be planning many events and activities celebrating their 100 year anniversary. If you get the chance, stop by and help them celebrate.

This statue located at the front entrance of the National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts in Irving, Texas.
This statue located at the front entrance of the National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts in Irving, Texas.

Boy Scouts of America: A Centennial History

Dates in the History of the Boy Scouts of America

February 8, 1910 - Boy Scouts of America Incorporated in the District of Columbia

January 2, 1911 - National Council office opened in New York City

1911 - 1st annual meeting held at the White House

August 12, 1912 - Arthur Eldred was honored as the First Eagle Scout

1913 - 1st local council charters were issued

1914 - 1st tree-planting project was held

1915 - The Order of the Arrow was founded

1916 - 1st college course in Scouting began at Teachers College, New York

1917 - 1st winter camp was held by Chicago Scouts

1919 - 1st four Gold Medals were awarded by the National Court of Honor for saving a life at the risk of the rescuer's own.

1920 - 1st World Jamboree held in London England and attended by 8,000 scouts from 34 countries includes 301 BSA members.

1926 - 1st Silver Buffalo Awards for distinguished service to boyhood were awarded to twenty-two recipients.

1930 - Cub Scout program was formally launched with 5,102 cub scouts by the end of the year.

1931 - 1st Silver Beaver awards for distinguished service to boyhood within a council

1935 - BSA membership passed 1 million

1937 - 1st National Jamboree held in Washington DC and attended by 27,232 scouts representing 536 councils

1938 - Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp established as a gift from Waite Phillips

1943 - 1st Silver Antelope Awards for distinguished service to youth within a region

1950 - 2nd National Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania attended by 47,163 scouts and leaders

1952 - 20 millionth member joined

1965 - 500,000 Eagle Scout honored

1980 - 30 millionth Cub Scout

1982 - 1 millionth Eagle Scout honored

2002 - National Scouting Museum was built next to national office in Irving, Texas

2009 - 2 millionth Eagle Scout honored

US Mint BSA Centennial Silver Dollar - BSA Commemorative Coin


The United States Mint will be offering the 2010 BSA Centennial Coin on March 23 in a quantity of 350,000 coins. More information on US Mint's website. Check out the site after March 23rd to order your Boy Scouts of American Centennial Silver Dollar.


BSA 100 Year Anniversary Events

If you are not part of the BSA's 100 year celebration, there are many ways to participate.

January - BSA Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade

January - Adventure Base 100 begins its 40 city tour

February - US Mint begins producing BSA Centennial coin

February 9th - 100th Anniversary Gala

July 26 - August 4 - 2010 National Jamboree

September - Scouting Days at the Ballpark

For all the scouts out there, earning the BSA 2010 Year of Celebration patch is going to be a great badge to wear.

Stone on Brownsea Island commemorating the first Scouting camp.


Inscribed on the stone

"The stone commemorates the experimental camp of 20 boys held on this site from 1st-9th August 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell later Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell founder of Scout and Guides movements"

Gerald Ford is the only President that was an Eagle Scout,

or should we say

Gerald Ford was the only Eagle Scout that became President.

Either way, great job!

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type=bsa lens of the day badge

On February 8th, 2010, this was Lens of the Day (LOTD)


What's your favorite memory of being a scout or a scout leader?

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      7 years ago

      I went to summer camp (Many Points Scout Camp in northern MN) with my 12 year old grandson. First time I have been to summer since I was a boy myself in 1965. I am an Eagle scout worked with scouts after high school till I went in the Army. When I got out, I started back in scouts til about 1990. When I got out since I had 2 daughters and no sons. Now I find myself back with scouts since Dec 2010 with my grandson, his dad is also an Eagle Scout but is in the Army stationed in Korea. I find their is a lot of changes since I got out. But I still knew the oath and laws even after all this time. I have been to Fall camp, Spring camp & Summer camp as well as several day camps and helped with an Eagle scout project with my grandson. My grandson will be moving to TX in April when his dad gets back from Korea. I will miss working with him on his advancements. He has almost completed requirment for second class. .

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      7 years ago

      My dad and I did Northern Tier this summer and had a great time!

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      8 years ago

      I only know the boy scouts as the sister of one... my son was into other things... Mazamas Indian Guides and such.

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      Shelly Sellers 

      8 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I have a Boy Scout! He is 11 and loves being a part of Scouting :)

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      8 years ago

      I read this lense twice!

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      steveffeo lm 

      8 years ago

      I was a "weebalow" never made it to Scouts thinking back wish I had I rebelled as many you people do. Great lens I think all Kids should go into the Boy and Girl Scouts teaches respect, follow through and about Nature it took the Military and a few Butt Kickings for me to learn

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens. My father was an Eagle.

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      Another great lens from you. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      8 years ago

      Boy Scouts is such an awesome organization. Happy 100 Boy Scouts!

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      9 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      My favorite memory of being a scout was summer camp. It was just so much fun.

      As a leader, my favorite memory was camping with my troop. The girls decided to show me how much they appreciated me with a group hug. I will never forget how good that made me feel!

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      9 years ago

      So many memories that it's hard to choose but a few highlights as a leader: The 2001 National Jamboree (can't wait to head down to "The Hill" in VA this summer too!); my son's Arrow of Light Ceremony and his Eagle Scout Court of Honor. The camp-outs, the many trips, the lifelong friends and just being able to help boys grow into fine young men with character and moral values have all been so rewarding as a mom and a Scout Leader with the BSA! Happy 100th Birthday ! I LOVE this 5 Star Lens !!!!

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      9 years ago

      Here's to a100 more years. Favorite memories are the inter-island camping trips and being a member of Maluhia Lodge Order of the Arrow . . . .and of course making it to Eagle

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      9 years ago

      Great Lens

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations for your LOTD for 100 Years of Boy Scouts!

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      9 years ago

      What a great lens to make LOTD. The Boy Scouts ROCK.

      My oldest son was in the Scouts, and that was fun!

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      9 years ago

      Scouting is great for teaching boys survival lessons. Hubby was a Webelo. Very informational lens, congrats on lens of the day.

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      heehaw lm 

      9 years ago

      boy scouts, those were the days. it is fun to be a boyscouts.

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      9 years ago

      Very well done! Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Tom Fattes 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @TonyPayne: Definately a place on my to do list the next time I'm in England.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I grew up in Poole, and used to look out over Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour almost every day. It's now part of the National Trust and a great place to visit if you are in the South Of England.

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      9 years ago

      We appreciate this great program, and support by buying our yearly popcorn or other goodies from the neighbors. Congrats on LOTD! ~claudia

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      9 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      My favorite memory of being a scout leader was laughing at some skits the girls did on a fun campout. I laughed until tears came! My sides were sore. What a fun weekend. Thanks for doing this lens! I am going to put it on my Scouting lens so other people can visit it too. And congratulations for achieving Lens of the Day!

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      9 years ago

      Well, I was a Girl Scout, but am a big fan of the Boy Scouts. Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Great lens! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      9 years ago

      Great commemoration lens, go Boy Scouts. Glad to know there are still organizations like this for young people nowadays. Although a friends son was laughed at in school for wearing his uniform on Remembrance Day. Can't believe that. where are their values?

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      Tom Fattes 

      9 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @anonymous: Kids are definately cruel. Sorry to hear that someone was laughed at for wearing their uniform. We encourage all of our cub scouts to wear their uniform once a month on the day of their pack meeting. It's a great way to spread the word about scouting.

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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      Well, I wasn't a boy scout :) (I was a Brownie) but great lens and congrats on LOTD!

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      9 years ago

      Great site; I will email to my son for him to show to my grandson who is a Cub Scout working his way up. The lens is a great tribute to the lens and the LOTD is a great tribute to the lensmaster.

      5 Scout badges, 1 email, and 1 little bird.

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      Mom was a Cub Scout leader, and hubby was an Eagle Scout. Happy Centennial to the BSA and congrats to you on an interesting and informative Boy Scout lens of the day.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wonderful tribute to the Boy Scouts. Troop 94 in Pendleton SC were recognized and took part in our church service yesterday. Congratulations on a well deserved LotD. My brother was an Eagle Scout!

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      9 years ago

      Great Lens and congrats on LOTD! :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Being a Cub Scout den mother was a great way to spend time with my son and to help to positively influence a group of little boys. I loved it! Happy Birthday, Boy Scouts! Lensrolled to my Boy Scouts of America Postage Stamps lens. And congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Hahaha, well obviously I was not a boy scout but my brothers were scouts. They loved it! Congratulations on LOTD!

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      9 years ago

      congrats on LOTD! Happy Birthday Boy Scouts...

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! I like the scout coins. I collect coins. I may have to get one of those.

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Cool! I know someone that became an Eagle Scout. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!

      I was a Brownie. :)

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      Tobbie LM 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations to you for LOTD and the Boy Scouts celebrating 100 years! Great job.

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Kerri Bee 

      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Yay! 100 Years!


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