Scout Troops, Packs, Crews Celebrate Scouting's 93rd Anniversary


Scout Troops, Packs, Crews Celebrate Scouting's 93rd Anniversary

Boy Scouts of America Still Strong Into Its Tenth Decade of Service

Irving, Texas, February 3, 2003—This week, youth and adult members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are celebrating the 93rd anniversary of one of America's greatest youth development and service organizations. For more than nine decades, the BSA has remained committed to preparing young people to make ethical choices by instilling in them the timeless values of the Scout Oath and Law.

"The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America—to help America's youth reach their full potential—has not changed in our 93 years," said Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams. "That stability and clarity of mission is one reason Scouting is as successful as it is today. Scouting focuses on mentoring youth, building their character, supporting their faith traditions, and helping them establish patterns for lifelong learning, healthy living, and serving others. These attributes have never been more important than they are today."

The BSA's more than 300 local councils will honor Scouting's 93rd anniversary in a variety of ways across our great nation. In celebration, local Scouts will participate in special ceremonies and award presentations designed to help the public better understand the purposes and objectives of Scouting.

"The ideas and values found in the Scout Oath and Law are just as relevant for our youth today as they were 93 years ago," said, Roy S. Roberts, national volunteer president of the Boy Scouts of America. "Scouting's anniversary allows youth members and adult volunteers to show their respect and dedication to such an important American tradition. To sum it up in a phrase, Scouting is time well-spent, for both youth and their families."

Lord Robert S. S. Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in Great Britain in 1907. Two years later, William Boyce, a Chicago publisher traveling in London, became lost in a fog. A young boy helped him find his way. When Boyce thanked the boy for his aid and offered him a tip, the boy explained, declining the tip, that it was his duty as a Scout to help others. Impressed with the boy's actions, Boyce met with Baden-Powell and laid the groundwork to bring Scouting to the United States. With the help of Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, and James E. West, the Boy Scouts of America was established on February 8, 1910.

Membership and participation in the Boy Scouts of America continues to grow and engage youth from our nation's ever-changing population. Today, the BSA has more than 5 million youth members and participants and more than 1 million adult volunteers. Since its inception in 1910, some 110 million people have been involved in Scouting. To find out more information about Scouting activities in your area, please visit our Web site at

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