Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary
The Boy Scouts of America have their 100th anniversary today, and it's hard to believe that on Feb.8th, 100 years ago today the first of over 110 million members joined a troop.
The Boy Scouts promote survival skills and love for the outdoors; two topics that you'd think would be extremely popular with youth today considering what's on TV: Survivor, Survivorman, Man vs. Wild etc. Yet numbers for the organization have been dropping annually.
What is the organization doing to ensure there will always be young men striving to become Eagle Scouts? A commitment to health and combating obesity, an assortment of skills and lessons that enable young men to become better, and a love of the outdoors that is sorely needed in this day and age of Xboxes and Wiis.
“Kids are surrounded by plenty of opportunities to make the wrong decisions; to experience the negative. Scouting stacks the deck for a positive experience - adults who are interested in providing kids a safe environment to learn and have fun, exposure to new things, to the outdoors & hopefully a set of experiences that they’ll use for the rest of their lives whether that manifests itself in good friends, valuable skills, a first shot at leading a team or just a good memory or two,” says Troy Trybom, an Eagle Scout and father in Stilwell, Kansas