In 1909, Chicago publisher William D. Boyce lost his way in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding the man, refused a tip, explaining that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on February 8, 1910.
On June 21, 1910, 34 national representatives of boys’ work agencies met to establish the Boy Scouts of America. Founding board of directors
included honorary President William Taft, honorary Vice President and Chief Scout Citizen Theodore Roosevelt, National Scout Commissioner, Daniel Carter Beard, Chief Scout, Ernest Thompson Seton and Chief Scout Executive James E. West.
In 2010 the Boy Scouts of America celebrated an impressive 100 year anniversary. View historical highlights by decade in the BSA Timeline
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The main BSA programs include Cub Scout Packs (7 through 10 year-old boys), Boy Scout Troops (11 to 17 year-old boys) and Venturing Crews (14 to 17 year-old boys and girls). The Overview Fact Sheet
provides additional information and programs in the BSA as well as recent membership statistics.
Scouting teaches leadership, values, and outdoor skills all while having fun. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers make friends and learn skills that will be used throughout their lifetime. Check out Scouting Facts as of 2010
that include statistics about service projects, volunteers, alumni, activities and advancement.
The Boy Scouts of America offer four spectacular and different High Adventure Bases
across the U.S. including the newest addition in West Virginia, the Summit.