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Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

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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:

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May 8, 2015 - 9:52am

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.


September 27, 2014 - 10:32am

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.


August 11, 2014 - 6:10pm



January 27, 2014 - 8:26am

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 -

Christopher Cancilla

February 22, 2012 - 1:37pm

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.

Harold Helphrey

April 13, 2010 - 4:36pm

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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