Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

The American Legion is calling upon its members to conduct events with local Scouting troops in recognition of the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America. Scouting’s “A Year of Celebration, A Century of Making a Difference” program began Sept. 1 and will end Dec. 31, 2010. The Boy Scouts will officially celebrate 100 years as an organization on Feb. 8, 2010.

Founded to help young Americans become strong citizens and leaders, the Boy Scouts have more than fulfilled their mission. The American Legion first voiced support for Scouting at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919, making it the organization’s first officially recognized national youth activity. In May 2009, by resolution, The American Legion National Executive Committee reconfirmed the Legion’s enduring support of The Boy Scouts of America, and Scouting’s positive influence on millions of young men and women across the country.

“The resolution also calls for The American Legion at all levels to encourage and support Scouting in its year-long 100th anniversary celebration,” said Joseph E. Caouette, chairman of The American Legion National Americanism Commission. Scouting is one of the nation’s foremost youth programs of character development and values-based leadership training. It teaches duty to God and country, personal honor, respect for others’ beliefs, volunteerism, and interdependence with the environment – principles that are conducive to good character, citizenship and health.

“Working together, the Boy Scouts of America and The American Legion have created a strong foundation of leadership, service and community for America’s youth,” Caouette said. “Together, we can celebrate this legacy and commit ourselves to inspire and prepare future generations of America’s youth.”

Ideas and suggestions for ways Legionnaires can help Boy Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary can be found at the Boy Scouts of America Web site:


  1. US Air Force Vet /and Eagle Scout I am now District Boy Scout Committee Chair Boy Scouts Made Me The Man I Am Today. Here’s How. It’s been 40 years since I was a Boy Scout and just over 20 years since I was last a volunteer den leader for my sons. And by all accounts, I’m now a grown man. But, the impact the organization had on my life is still evident in my daily life. Boy Scouts Taught Me To Be Disciplined : personal, & public Boy Scouts Gave Me Confidence: to swim, speak in public & stand up for myself Boy Scouts Gave Me New Skills To Save Lives: I was taught First Aid and Safety Boy Scouts Gave Me The Outdoors: The understanding of nature and its complex beauty. Boy Scouts Taught Me To Survive: in nature and in the world Boy Scouts Made Me A Leader: in scouts, in sports, in the military Boy Scouts Are The Best Secret Society ( 2.8mil Eagle Scouts that most people don’t know about) I am very proud to be one Boy Scouts Made Me A Worker: because I learned teamwork, and how to get things done. Boy Scouts Made Me Value Difficulty: so that I would respect the job at hand and what it takes to succeed in life. I know that each person’s upbringing is different .We have role models and mentors that shape our lives, but without scouts and what it stands for, I would have turned out differently To my troop my adult and youth leaders I thank you. To my scout Master and friend Mr. George Faulh, thank you.
  2. I will never support Boy Scouts of America. This organization has been around for over 100 years and does amazing thing for children across our land. However they will not let non-religious children into their ranks. Have you ever seen a recruitment advertisement from the Boy Scouts say "no non-religious children allowed". Yes I know about the supreme court ruling on this, but the Boy Scouts are wrong by not letting these children join. Children of KKK members can join the Boy Scouts, but my children can't. Only in America.
  3. In the 50s I joined the RAs or Royal Ambassadors, which is similar to Boy Scouts....It is a Christian based organization that holds to all the values of the church. I recommend the Royal Ambassadors as an alternative to Boy Scouts.
  5. Having Served In The Scouting Program Since 1964 From Cub Master To Explorers/Venturing Crew Leader,Instructor, Adult Leader, Committee Member And Local Council BSA/Sea Scout Ship/Troop Member - I Can Not Think Of A Better Way To Serve And Help Build A Better Foundation For Our Young People Who Will Be The Community Leaders Of Tomorrow -
  6. I have been involved in Scouting since I was a Scout in the 1970's. I am very excited the Legion is getting more and more involved with this very deserving and worth-while organization. I was lucky enough to be assigned (TDY) to a regional camporee while a member of the Air Force, and had the opportunity to discover the fun and fulfillment you get when teach a new Scout new skills. Thank you, from one Scouter/Veteran, for your support.
  7. As an adult leader with the BSA for over 40 years and a Navy Vet. I know of no better start for our youth then through Scouting.
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