The Boy Scouts Turn 100

When publishing tycoon William D. Boyce started the Boy Scouts of America in 1910, he envisioned a program that would teach boys courage and self-reliance. As it prepares for its $4 million centennial celebration, the group needs a healthy dose of both. Membership has eroded since 1972, when it peaked at 6 million. Some supporters have yanked funding because the Boy Scouts still bars members who are gay or atheist. Now, the country's largest male-youth organization must rally the troops — GPS-boosted scavenger hunts and a 10,000-square-foot traveling "Adventure Base" are in the works — and fill budget gaps. If it can do so, we have the perfect birthday present for it: 100 wilderness-survival badges. — EW

Mon, February 08
The Boy Scouts Turn 100

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  • Dan Rockwell

    I still remember my time with the Boy Scouts! I hope they get back on track. I wonder if they can hang on to their values and still adapt to culture. In other words, can than hang on to the mission but embrace new methods?

    I wrote some thoughts that may apply to changing trajectory at:

    Leadership Freak
    Dan Rockwell