The origins of the Boy Scouts of America are actually as idyllic and rustic as you might have imagined. The story begins in the early 20th century when Chicago publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting London and became lost in the thick fog of the city. A boy, known eternally as the Unknown Scout, helped Boyce find his way and refused any payment in exchange, stating that he was a Boy Scout and was simply doing his daily good deed.
In England, the Scouting movement, which this boy had been part of, had already been established in 1907 by General Robert Baden-Powell. Boyce was so inspired by this experience that when he returned to the United States, he founded the BSA of America. This set up an American institution of civility, responsibility and prepare Read More