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Celebrating 105 Years of Boy Scouts of America

A group carrying a Birthday Cake balloon at the BSA 100th Anniversary Grand Centennial Parade Washington DCThis Sunday, February 8, 2015 marks the 105th birthday of Boy Scouts of America. As the nation’s top youth-serving organization, the BSA continues to educate on the principles of Scouting while creating value for thousands across the country.

Troops, teams, packs and crews alike will celebrate this momentous occasion in a variety of ways this month. From fashioning Scouting uniforms to serving in religious ceremonies for Scout Sunday, Scouts have the opportunity to reflect upon their experiences in Scouting.

Remembering the “Unknown Scout”

As we launch into a new year of adventure, the story of the “Unknown Scout” remains a significant part of honoring BSA’s rich history.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 4.03.35 PMAs the story goes, American businessman William Boyce lost his way while walking the foggy streets of London in 1909 when a boy offered to guide him to his destination. Boyce wanted to pay him for his good deed, but the boy politely refused. The boy explained that he was a Scout and that they do not accept money for doing good turns.

Eager to learn more, Mr. Boyce met with Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement in Great Britain. Boyce knew that boys in America would like the idea too, so he brought Scouting to the United States.

William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America under the laws of the District of Columbia on February 8, 1910, and ever year we commemorate the special day.

Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath

In addition to observing BSA’s birthday this weekend, many Scouts will also honor Scout Sunday (which falls on February 8 this year) or Scout Sabbath on February 14. Not all religious institutions celebrate on those exact days so Scouts will be celebrating these occasions throughout the entire month of February.

See how Scouts have celebrated BSA’s birthday through the years by visiting Bryan on Scouting for birthdays 102, 103, 104.

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Hayley

Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.