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: