Facts about the Boy Scouts of America (18 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 6, 2013

Today, by a vote of 61 percent, the Boy Scouts of America national executive board decided to change its membership standards policy and no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation.

The following list is a compilation of significant events in Scouting history, and just some fun facts.

Source: Scouting.org

1 of 18. Scouting movement founded

Scouting movement founded in England by British General Robert Baden-Powell in 1907

2 of 18. Boy Scouts incorporated

Boy Scouts of America incorporated by W.D. Boyce in 1910

3 of 18. LDS Church adopts Scouting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopts Scouting as the activity arm of its Mutual Improvement Association for young men in 1913, becoming the first religious group to sponsor Scouting as part of its ministry.

4 of 18. First annual fee

Registration of Scouts began in 1913 with a 25¢ annual fee

5 of 18. Cub Scouts starts

Boy Scouts of America begins registering the first Cub Scout packs for boys 8-11 in 1930.
1. Richard Larson
Sacramento County(209/916), CA,
Feb. 6, 2013

What about the great
camp-out of June 28th, 2002
at Camp Tomahawk
(East Fork of the Bear River)

2. Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT,
Feb. 8, 2013

'Boy Scout Files Give Glimpse Into 20 Years of Abuse' - By KIRK JOHNSON - NY Times - 10/18/12

'Officials with the Boy Scouts fought in the courts for years to prevent the release of the documents — more than 15,000 pages detailing accusations of abuse against 1,247 scout leaders between 1965 and 1985, with thousands of victims involved...'

3. JWB
Kaysville, UT,
Feb. 8, 2013

I would picture there are 10s of thousands of good scouters and leaders that read the Deseret News that should be responding to the ones that don't like scouting or the one of the best ways for young men to learn about values in life that endure and become part of their character. Scouters are prepared more prepared for choosing a career and wanting to excel in whatever they are pursuing. Even though not every scout goes into the military, they have learned many skills that prepare for service to our country. Some military officers may not have integrity in their character but those that were scouts have a better chance of enduring to the end with a clear conscience in dealings with everyone in an honest and true way. There are some leaders in the scouting movement that have not had those high values internalized and that is unfortunate. However, there are controls within scouting, especially in the past 30 years to help reinforce the importance of enforcement in those codes of conduct with all people, especially those scouts that they work with.

4. TripleCrown
Santa Ana, CA,
Feb. 9, 2013

While every case of abuse is wrong, the current BSA policy of two deep leadership and Youth Protection Training attempts to greatly reduce the opportunity for sexual predators. I also believe that actively homosexual scouts or leaders are incompatible with the objectives and methods of Boy Scouting.

The benefits of millions of young men being taught to "Do Your Best", "Be Prepared", and to strive to live the Scout Oath and Law outweighs the relatively few bad apples.

5. LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT,
Feb. 11, 2013

No mentioned --

It seems silly now,
Just like Gays,
Blacks were originally banned and not allowed in Boy Scouts either.

Boy Scouts started - 1913
Boy Scouts hesitantly allows blacks - 1923 [Seperate, but equal troops]
Boys Scouts finally desegratgrates - 1973

It took 50 years, but the public finally came around to doing the right thing.
And it didn't destroy the Boy Scouts.