On the Doorstep: Scouting has shaped American life
It was a great privilege to attend last week’s Friends of Scouting Banquet here in town and be there to see the Cub Scouts from Pack 16, Boy Scouts from Troop 16 and dozens of Eagle Scouts, most from Troop 16 but with a few extras like my husband Dick Taylor, who earned the Eagle rank in his hometown troop in Vicksburg.
When what seemed like half the audience stood to be recognized as Eagle Scouts, the scene sent a chill up my spine.
It was evident that these men–from the oldest Troop 16 Eagle in attendance, William Dulaney, to the most recent to receive Scouting’s highest rank, Bartlett and Robert Graves–maintain great pride in their accomplishment, something that less than two percent of boys who first join Scouting attain.
Since the introduction of Scouting to America in 1910 by Illinois publisher William D. Boyce, some 110 million boys have joined the Scout movement.
Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell founded Scouting in Great Britain in 1908 when he wrote Scouting for Boys and began building “ the network of camps, troops and leaders that would launch the Scouting movement,” according to Alvin Townley’s book Legacy of Honor.