Does the name William Dickson Boyce ring a bell? Not really, but everyone knows Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the former British Army officer who founded the Boy Scouts. But it was Boyce who started the Boy Scouts of America on February 8th, 1910,
NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA DAY!
For boys 10 and older, the Boy Scouts are a blast, a chance to visit the great outdoors and learn all kinds of neat stuff, like tying knots, pitching tents, cooking over campfires and other useful and fun skills, like waltzing grannies across busy streets whether they want to go or not (never waste a good deed opportunity!).
Boy Scouts also get to mess around with knives and axes, and that’s where Scoutmasters earn their teaching stripes, making sure their Scouts stay in one piece for the weekend. The Scouts are very big on safety and responsible behavior, and they give a child the experience of doing important things for others, and for oneself.
That’s a new feeling for a boy, being trusted, and a good one. That’s the main goal of being a Boy Scout, to be trustworthy, and that’s also a very good thing.
•Suggested Activities: Seeing where this path leads.