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National Boy Scouts Day

February 8, 2023 All day

February 8th is National Boy Scouts Day!

Here’s a brief history of the Boys Scouts of America:

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a youth organization founded in the United States in 1910 by American businessman W.D. Boyce. Boyce was inspired by the scouting movement in England and decided to create a similar organization in the United States.

The BSA was initially organized as an all-boys organization, and its program was designed to develop character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Over the years, the organization has evolved to include girls in some of its programs, although the core Boy Scout program remains exclusively for boys.

Throughout its history, the Boy Scouts of America has emphasized outdoor activities and leadership development. The organization has grown to become one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with millions of members and adult volunteers. Scouts participate in a variety of activities, including camping, hiking, canoeing, and community service projects.

In recent years, the BSA has faced controversy over its policies on inclusion and discrimination, particularly with regards to LGBTQ+ individuals. The organization has worked to become more inclusive and diverse, including welcoming girls into some of its programs and lifting its ban on openly gay members in 2013.

Happy National Boy Scouts Day!