I method this topic as a single who benefited from the Boy Scout Movement, initially as a young boy, and then as an adult.

I entered Cub Scouting at the age of eight, and continued by means of the ranks to WeBeLoS, and sooner or later obtained the ranking of Second Class Boy Scout. I later got involved with scouting as an adult, initially as an Army Chaplain stationed at two military installations (a single state side – the other overseas), and then as a parent of two boys.

Robert S. S. Baden-Powell

The founder of the international Scouting Movement was a former British military officer named Lord Baden-Powell, who became concerned when his military manual, “Aids To Scouting”, became a finest-seller and was becoming utilised by youth organizations. He felt that boys really should be understanding to create their expertise, and make considerable contributions to society.

Observing the perform and organization of the Boy’s Brigade, Lord Baden-Powell saw prospective for the use of boy energy… and was challenged by Sir William Smith to re-create the manual, naming it ” Scouting For Boys” – which formed an ideology and instruction system that captured the minds and spirits of boys, and sparked a movement about the globe. As a military officer stationed in South Africa, he observed the rites of passage of the Zulu individuals. This he combined with particular “non-combatant” military expertise, a pledge to a life of service, a code of conduct, and a distinctive uniform. He explored his ideas with 22 boys of mixed social backgrounds on Brownsea Island (off the coast of England) in 1907 – the rest became history.

American Scouting

William D. Boyce, a Chicago Publisher going to London, was assisted by a British Boy Scout in a dense fog – without the need of accepting a tip for his service. The scout cited that it was his duty to do a “Fantastic Turn” without the need of payment. Amazed, Boyce studied this movement – and later on February eight, 1910, founded the Boy Scouts Of America (BSA). This organization incorporated wealthy Native American scouting customs, along with the performs of Ernest Thomas Seton’s Woodcraft Indians and Daniel Carter Beard’s naturalist and pioneering spirit. James E. West became the initially Chief Scout Executive.


I salute Lord Baden-Powell for becoming instrumental in the creation of good directions for youth, as a result assisting young boys create character and a commitment to a life of service. The similar can be mentioned for Boyce, Seton, Beard, and West.

If presented and modeled nicely, scouting provides boys a sense of objective, worthy ambitions to strive for, a code of conduct, and a life of service. These are the developing blocks of assisting boys to comprehend the responsibilities of adulthood. These have been principles which scouting taught me, and that which I nevertheless regard very right now.

Regrettably, the development of scouting surpassed its capacity to supervise, handle and preserve high quality manage… it became a company, largely losing its vibrant spirit and commitment to the improvement of youth… it is private touch was lost. It also became topic to religious influence and political correctness of the occasions.

Quite a few Scout Councils fail to create and preserve robust and influential adult leadership on a Pack/Troop Committee level… so, numerous boys suffered discouragement. This was accurate for me. I know that with a small a lot more private help and encouragement, I could have grow to be an Eagle Scout. Sadly, I have to admit – as a scout, I did not know of ranks beyond that of Initially Class Scout (I did not make Initially Class mainly because I could not swim – and I did not obtain substantially help in understanding). Progression by means of the ranks is the job of the nearby Advancement Committee… whose initially job is scout education.

As a former Cub Scout, WeBeLoS Scout, Boy Scout, Scouter (Adult Scout Committee Member), Assistant Cub Scout Webelos Leader, Assistant Boy Scoutmaster, and adult Order Of Arrow – Brotherhood member.. I know that scouting in theory, is substantially a lot more than scouting in practice right now. Scouting might have grown and created into a huge organization by means of the years… but, it has lost substantially of the original glow of the ” scouting spirit”. This is in no way discounts the earnest dedication and commitment of exceptional men and women – who personify the spirit of scouting’s founders. To them, I give my utmost respect and eternal loyalty… for a selfless job, nicely carried out!