Today, by a vote of 61 percent, the Boy Scouts of America national executive board decided to change its membership standards policy and no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation.
The following list is a compilation of significant events in Scouting history, and just some fun facts.
Scouting movement founded in England by British General Robert Baden-Powell in 1907
Boy Scouts of America incorporated by W.D. Boyce in 1910
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints adopts Scouting as the activity arm of its Mutual Improvement Association for young men in 1913, becoming the first religious group to sponsor Scouting as part of its ministry.
Registration of Scouts began in 1913 with a 25¢ annual fee
Boy Scouts of America begins registering the first Cub Scout packs for boys 8-11 in 1930.
The first Pinewood Derby is held by Cub Scouts in Manhattan Beach, Calif., in 1953.
Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong radios greetings from outer space to Scouts attending a National Jamboree on his way to becoming the first man to walk on the moon in 1969.
Boy Scouts of America adopts Varsity Scouting for boys ages 14-16 in 1984.
There are currently more than 125 merit badges.
"The Research & Program Innovation Department surveys Boy Scouts and parents of Boy Scouts to gather interest and feedback on upcoming merit badges. Feedback from previous Youth Interest surveys has been used in development of the following merit badges: Geocaching, Inventing, Robotics, Chess, and Welding. Youth Interest surveys are sent to current Scouting Youth Panel and Parents of Boy Scout Panel members."
Total number of merit badges awarded — 117,649,303
1. First Aid — 6,537,232
2. Swimming — 5,929,179
3. Camping — 4,364,027
4. Cooking — 4,122,629
5. Citizenship in the Community — 3,178,473
Total number of Eagle Scout Awards earned — 2,043,375
Eagle Scout rank is earned by only 5 percent of Boy Scouts each year.
51,473 youth earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2011.
Total Cub Scouts — 62,226,396
Total Boy Scouts/Venturers — 52,077,933
Total Youth Served — 114,304,329
Total Adult Volunteers — 33,364,261
Over 100,000 Scouting units are owned and operated by chartered organizations.
69.4 percent of all units are chartered to faith-based organizations
22.7 percent of all units are chartered to civic organizations
7.9 percent of all units are chartered to educational organizations
The 5 faith-based organizations with the largest Scouting youth membership:
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — 420,977 partcipants
2. United Methodist Church —
3. Catholic Church — 283,642 participants
4. Presbyterian Church — 127,931 participants
5. Lutheran Church — 119,701 participants
$206,690,025 of service was provided by Scouts and leaders to communities across America.
(Based on the $21.79 Independent Sector value of volunteer time for 2011.)
1,074,775 volunteers provided leadership for Scouting programs in 2011.
On average, Scout volunteers give 20 hours per month in service to Scouting. This equals approximately 257,946,000 hours of volunteer time given to support Scouting in 2011.
(Source: Volunteer Outcomes Study, Research & Program Innovation)
May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America national executive board decided to change its membership standards policy and no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation.