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
this wonderful organization. Let's get right into celebrating
WHY IS THIS A
The Boy Scouts of America actually got its start on this
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.
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
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 ;).
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
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
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
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!