Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy 106th Birthday, Boy Scouts of America!

On this day in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America incorporated in Washington, DC.  One hundred and six years later, 2 million youth and one million adults are registered members.  The 101,161 units include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Crews.  The BSA has weathered controversy as society confronted pacifism in WWI to diverse membership for the 21st century.  On a local level, Scouts have benefited my family through our frequent military moves.  I share some of my favorite pictures from Scouting ...

Above is a vintage photo (link) of scouts placing lei and flags on the graves at Punchbowl - The National Cemetery of the Pacific.  Below is the Scout Take Over Day (link) on Hickam Air Force Base.

My Scouts have stayed aboard the USS Missouri (link) in Pearl Harbor.  Next week, they stay overnight on her sister Iowa class battleship, the USS New Jersey.

We hiked around Hilo (link) ...

... and camped among the volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii (link).

The Aloha Council hosts Mahahiki (link, link, and link) - a celebration of Scouting every year in Honolulu.

When we visited my husband in Korea, they hiked with the troop from Osan AB on the Task Force Smith Heritage Trail (link)

When we moved to Maryland, we jumped right into local activities, such as the Independence Day Parade (link) ... 

... and the Antietam National Battlefield (link).

Do you have any Scouts in your family?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 13, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 14.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Below is a canoe trip from Kualoa Beach Park (background) to Chinaman's Hat (foreground) ....


    1. There are no Scouts in our family.

    2. We were all Girl Scouts and I was a leader for two troops.

    3. My brother was a Boy Scout (many years ago) and my daughter was a Brownie. These days, my nephews are in Scouts.

    4. My sister was a girl scout for many years. But it was not my cup of tea, rather stayed home and read a book :)

    5. Both my daughters were in the Girl Scounts and I was a leader for 3 yrs.

    6. My daughter has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten & she is now in 11th grade. I am one of her leaders. We are a little more low key than your group, as our girls have so many other activities taking their time. We do try to give back to the community at most meetings.

    7. my brother is an Eagle Scout (and I was an honorary cub scout when my Mom was a den mother)

    8. My daughter was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. She really it.

    9. Unfortunately I don't have any in the family as yet... hopefully in the future