BOY SCOUTS ANNIVERSARY WEEK
Every year during the first full week of February, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) celebrate their anniversary.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest scouting organizations in the country. They are also one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. Over 2 million youths participate in Boy Scouts. There are also one million adult volunteers.
For over 100 years the BSA has helped youth create memorable experiences and develop future leaders. Members of the organization are encouraged to participate in troop meetings, engage in challenges, take part in service projects, go on outdoor adventures, and do team-building exercises.
When a person becomes a Boy Scout, they advance to different levels. Younger kids start out as Cub Scouts. Advancement through the Cub Scouts depends upon their age or grade level. Once they achieve the Arrow of Light ranking, they advance to Boy Scouts. Instead of progressing by age, Boy Scouts advance by earning badges.
The ranks for Boy Scouts are:
- Second Class
The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement for Boy Scouts. Eagle Scouts must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges. Additionally, they must demonstrate Scout spirit and leadership within their troop.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BoyScoutAnniversaryWeek
Every year during this week, scouting packs across the country host events that educate the public about this organization. Several packs also host a birthday party called a blue and gold banquet. Community leaders are often invited to speak during the banquet. The banquet also serves as an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the scouts.
If you don’t know a lot about Boy Scouts, it’s the perfect week to learn about them. You can also read about famous Boy Scouts including Stephen Spielberg, Michael Jordan, Neil Armstrong, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Strait, and John F. Kennedy. Share the week on social media with #BoyScoutAnniversaryWeek.
BOY SCOUT ANNIVERSARY WEEK HISTORY
The Boy Scouts of America was founded on February 8, 1910. February 8th marks National Boy Scouts Day. The day is celebrated during Boy Scout Anniversary Week. The Boy Scouts of America has its roots in Great Britain. British Army officer, Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Badin-Powell founded the Boy Scout Association in 1908. W.D. Boyce, a newspaperman and entrepreneur, is credited for bringing the scouting organization to the U.S. The Boy Scouts of America has seen many changes through the years. However, its original purpose, to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance, has remained the same.