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February 8th is Boy Scouts Day

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If you're not sure what to do today then get ready for an adventure because it's Boy Scouts Day!  There are so many ways to celebrate this wonderful organization.  Let's get right into celebrating Boy Scouts Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

The Boy Scouts of America actually got its start on this day back in 1910, so that's why we celebrate today!  In the early twentieth century, as people moved away from the country, into the cities, people started to get worried that boys would grow up without patriotism or individualism. So groups like the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone popped up to help send boys down the right path. This caught on in a bunch of other areas in the US too.

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell, a British General, decided to start his own scouting movement after hearing of things like the Woodcraft Indians. And in 1909, W.D. Boyce, a publisher, was visiting London, came across a scout and learned all about this movement and was hooked. Soon after returning home to the United States, he set up the Boy Scouts of America on February 8th, 1910. He even eventually called on the creators of the Woodcraft Indians, the Sons of Daniel Boone and the YMCA to help him make things more official.  Their purpose at that time was to "teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values". Things have changed slightly through the years but the Boy Scouts are still going strong and are still teaching boys good values and skills. How do I know? Well, I was a Boy Scout of course ;).

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you have a young boy then why not get them involved with the scouting movement today? Call up your local Boy Scouts group and see what it'd take to get him into the organization. It's a great way to meet new friends, learn new things and teach your son new values.  I know I experienced a lot that I may not have learned on my own.
 
Or, if you don't feel like getting involved in the organization, you can pick up a Boy Scouts book and teach your son (or even your daughter) some helpful things from the book. You don't have to join the Scouts if you don't want to! Teaching your kid this stuff yourself would be a great way to bond with them and give you something to do together on the weekends.  I use to love going on camping trips with my dad!  If you were a Scout yourself you could even show your son things you learned, pictures you have and maybe even your old merit badges and shirt! If you don't have a son, or children at all, then you can just do Boy Scout-like things yourself.  Heck, why not look into being a Scout Leader yourself to teach kids all that you know?  It doesn't matter which way you decide to celebrate today, just make it a fun-filled day of learning and adventure!





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