In 1908, Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, first Baron of Gilwell,
founded the Boy Scouts in England. This organization took root in a time where boys were in need of
a way to belong to a group
that would encourage and support them. The Scouts gave them purpose
and direction in a time when many youths were becoming disillusioned by technology, the Industrial Revolution and
society in general.
The group embodied certain ideals such as; service, duty, loyalty, and honesty that were so desperately
needed. Growing up in the English
countryside, Baden-Powell learned that living a meaningful life focused on moderation, allowed for him to become a good citizen. These ideals, as well as many others,
became the Boy Scout oath we know today. The Slogan of Scouting,
“Do a Good Turn Daily”, was developed
to ensure that Scouts would focus on service and duty. This was as
important then, as it is today.
As the story goes, while on a trip to London,
a business- man from Chicago,
Illinois, William D. Boyce, became lost in the fog. An unknown
boy came to his aide and assisted him with directions. Seeing that Mr. Boyce was not able to follow
the directions, the boy guided
him to his destination. When Mr. Boyce attempted
to give the boy a tip, the boy stated, ‘this he did as his, “Good Turn” and asked for nothing in return.’
Surprised, Boyce asked what he meant, and the boy explained
that he was a
Scout and left him in the fog.
This act of kindness became the impetus
of the Scouting movement
8, 1910, the Boy Scouts of America
were incorporated and was nationally chartered in 1916 by congress under Title 36 of the United
Troop 51 was founded on those same ideals set forth by Sir Baden-Powell and Mr. Boyce. The concept that boys need structure and role models in their lives. The men that founded
Troop 51 were in the early days of Scouting. George Wade, the first Scoutmaster of our troop intended
the Troop to prepare
boys for life.