Date When Celebrated: Always February 8th
Boy Scout Day celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. On February 8, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouting groups across the country celebrate this day. Often a cake will be served at the weekly meeting or on a campout. Scout Sunday, the Sunday nearest the 8th of February, will often be marked with a church service, followed by a pancake breakfast.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts offer a tremendously valuable program of life skills and values for millions of boys. It has been popular ever since Lord Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in the early 1900s in Great Brittain. The top award of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment that reaps recognition, rewards, and benefits for a young man throughout his life.
Interesting Scouting Facts:
In 2004, there were 3,145,331 Boys in the scouting program, and 1,173,064 scout leaders. Source: BSA website.
British Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in Brittain. In 1907, he published the first scouting manual, titled Scouting for Boys.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell was born on February 22, 1857.
Lady Olave Baden-Powell founded Girl Guides. The wife of Lord Baden-Powell, she was also born on February 22 (1889).
The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared"
The Boy Scout slogan is "Do a good turn daily".
Where was Lord Baden-Powell buried? It comes to a surprise to most, to learn that Lord Baden-Powell and his wife are buried in Nyeri, Kenya, about three hours from Nairobi.
When I was a little girl I was in the Brownies and Girl Scouts. It was fun to earn badges sticking your finger with the needle you were using to sew it on your G.S. sash.
The boys I knew that were in the B.S.'s were always learning something new and going camping all the time. I really liked the camping part. Being the tomboy, I was growing up I would have preferred the B.S.'s to the G.S.'s because girls can be dum sometimes.
There was a lot of peer pressure joining these clubs for both boys and girls. I think both clubs should have thrown in Karate. Maybe they do now.
Were you in the Boy Scouts as a child? I love stories so do tell.
100 Exquisite Adjectives
By Mark Nichol
I love words and came across a list of them. I'm going to add a word a day to my posts as long as I don't forget.
Word #22 Dowdy: shabby, old-fashioned; an unkempt woman
Mrs. Greenleaf was chosen to be Harry's wife for she was dowdy.