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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.

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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

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Mon, February 08

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The Boy Scouts Turn 100

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