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Scouts learn history

HAGUE - Hague Cub Scout Pack 73 recently learned about the important role their community played in the formation of Boy Scouts of America.

After Sir Robert Baden-Powell organized the Boy Scouts in England in 1908, the idea quickly took root in many places and forms around the United States.

Recognizing that the movement needed to be organized on a national level, the YMCA stepped in to help shape the process. Just six months after the formation of the Boy Scouts of America, Silver Bay hosted an experimental training camp for Boy Scout leaders based on nature studies, woodcraft and camping skills. It was scouting's first-ever camp.

Hague scouts marked the 100th anniversary of scouting with a snowshoe trek at historic Silver Bay.

"Scouting began at the Silver Bay campfire ring in February of 1910 and this year, it celebrates its 100th birthday,' said Corinna Woods. "It was extremely exciting for our Cub Scouts to know that they are continuing scouts where Lord Baden Powell, BSA's founder, and Daniel Carter Beard (the first Scouting executive in the United States) began this program."

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over four million youth members in its age-related divisions. Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.

The BSA goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations.

For younger members, the scout method is part of the program to inculcate typical scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and outdoors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics and hiking.

The BSA is a constituent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The traditional scouting divisions are Cub Scouting for boys ages 7-10, Boy Scouting for boys ages 11-18 and Venturing for young men and women ages 14-21.

The BSA operates traditional scouting locally through units sponsored and operated by churches, clubs, civic associations, educational organizations and the like. Units are led entirely by volunteers who are supported by local councils using both paid professionals and volunteers.

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