BSA's Birthday February 8, 2021 marks the 111th 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
February 8, 2021 marks the 111th 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,packs,crews, and ships 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”
The story of the “Unknown Scout” remains a significant part of honoring BSA’s rich history.
As 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 every year we commemorate the special day.
Many Ways to Celebrate the Birthday of Scouting
There are many ways a unit can honor the Anniversary of Scouting. Here are some ideas;
- Special Hike
- Flag Retirement Ceremony
- Service Project
- Blue and Gold Banquet
- Court of Honor
- Talk to an older family member who was a Scout about their experience
- Troop Reunion
All Day (Monday)