Friday, February 8, is the 109th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America.
Remembering the “Unknown Scout”
The story of the “Unknown Scout” remains a significant part of honoring BSA’s rich history.
As the story goes, American businessman William Boyce lost his way while walking the foggy streets of London in 1909 when a boy offered to guide him to his destination. Boyce wanted to pay him for his good deed, but the boy politely refused. The boy explained that he was a Scout and that they do not accept money for doing good turns.
Eager to learn more, Mr. Boyce met with Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement in Great Britain. Boyce knew that boys in America would like the idea too, so he brought Scouting to the United States.
William D. Boyce on February. 8, 1910, incorporated the Boy Scouts of America and applied for a congressional charter under the laws of the District of Columbia, and every year we commemorate the special day.