NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY – February 8

National Boy Scouts Day - February 8

NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS DAY

Since 1910, boys across America have been doing good deeds, learning survival skills and developing moral foundations through the Boy Scout of America.  February 8th annually recognizes National Boys Scouts Day.  

The Boy Scouts of America has roots in the British Boy Scouts organization which was created in 1908 after the success of the book Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell.

On a foggy day in London an American newspaperman, William Dickson Boyce, became lost when a Boy Scout came to his assistance. With the boy’s guidance, Boyce arrived at his destination. When Boyce offered payment for the assistance, the Boy Scout refused explaining it was a good deed.

 

Boyce was inspired to organize similar youth groups into one organization. On February 8, 1910, Boyce filed papers of incorporation, and the Boy Scouts of America was born.

Boy Scouts have had a profound impact on the United States.  Many presidents and other dignitaries have been Boy Scouts.  A total of 181 Astronauts have also been a part of the Boy Scout program.

Key Dates

  • Boy Scouts of America incorporated  1910
  • First Boy Scout Handbook published  1911
  • Boys’ Life premiered  1911
  • First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred  1912
  • Scouting magazine premiered  1913
  • Registration of Scouts began, 25¢ annual fee  1913
  • Order of the Arrow began  1915
  • Federal charter granted by Congress  1916
  • First season at what would become Northern Tier High Adventure Base  1923
  • Boy Scout membership tops 1 million  1925
  • Cub Scout program began  1930
  • Philmont donated to the BSA  1938
  • First BSA Wood Badge course taught  1948
  • First Pinewood Derby® held  1953
  • Webelos program added to Cub Scouting  1954
  • Exploring program began  1959
  • Florida National High Adventure Sea Base officially opened  1980
  • Tiger Cubs program added to Cub Scouting  1982
  • 1 millionth Eagle Scout, Alexander M. Holsinger  1982
  • Learning for Life program began  1991
  • Venturing program began  1998
  • 100 millionth member registered  2000
  • 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas  2009

Membership*

  • Total Cub Scouts  62,226,396
  • Total Boy Scouts/Venturers  52,077,933
  • Total Youth Served  114,304,329
  • Total Adult Volunteers  33,364,261

Awards

Total number of merit badges awarded  117,649,303

Top 5 merit badges awarded**

  • First Aid  6,537,232
  • Swimming  5,929,179
  • Camping  4,364,027
  • Cooking  4,122,629
  • Citizenship in the Community  3,178,473

Eagle Scout Awards  2,043,375
William T. Hornaday Award (since 1914)  3,799
Honor Medal (since 1923)  2,234
Honor Medal With Crossed Palms (since 1924)  231
Silver Buffalo Award (since 1926)  686
Medal of Merit (since 1945)  5,927
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (since 1969)  1,840
Heroism Award (since 1977)  3,081
National Certificate of Merit (since 1989)  1,501

Statistics provided by National Boy Scouts of America – http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/100_years.aspx

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share the benefits of Boy Scouts and use #NationalBoyScoutsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

February 8 recognizes the anniversary of the date William Dickson Boyce filed the letters of incorporation. February is also Boy Scout Month.

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