100 Years in Review, 1910-2010

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Key Dates

 

Boy Scouts of America incorporated

1910

First Boy Scout Handbook published

1911

Boys' Life premiered

1911

First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred

1912

Scouting magazine premiered

1913

Registration of Scouts began, 25¢ annual fee

1913

Order of the Arrow began

1915

Federal charter granted by Congress

1916

First season at what would become Northern Tier High Adventure Base

1923

Boy Scout membership tops 1 million

1925

Cub Scout program began

1930

Philmont donated to the BSA

1938

First BSA Wood Badge course taught

1948

First Pinewood Derby® held

1953

Webelos program added to Cub Scouting

1954

Exploring program began

1959

Florida National High Adventure Sea Base officially opened

1980

Tiger Cubs program added to Cub Scouting

1982

1 millionth Eagle Scout, Alexander M. Holsinger

1982

Learning for Life program began

1991

Venturing program began

1998

100 millionth member registered

2000

2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas

2009

Membership*

 

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

Awards

 

Total number of merit badges awarded

117,649,303

Top 5 merit badges awarded**

 

  •  First Aid

6,537,232

  •  Swimming

5,929,179

  •  Camping

4,364,027

  •  Cooking

4,122,629

  •  Citizenship in the Community

3,178,473

Eagle Scout Awards

2,043,375

William T. Hornaday Award (since 1914)

3,799

Honor Medal (since 1923)

2,234

Honor Medal With Crossed Palms (since 1924)

231

Silver Buffalo Award (since 1926)

686

Medal of Merit (since 1945)

5,927

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (since 1969)

1,840

Heroism Award (since 1977)

3,081

National Certificate of Merit (since 1989)

1,501

*Local Council Index, including multiple registration
 
 **Estimated
 

Interesting Facts and Figures

 

Chief Scout Executives

11

BSA National Presidents

33

Scouts and Scouters who have attended Northern Tier

348,642

Scouts who have attended Philmont

908,047

Scouts who have attended Florida Sea Base

200,000

National Jamboree Attendance (as of 2005)

642,489

Scouts who have become astronauts

181

Norman Rockwell works with Scouting themes

51

Joseph Csatari works with Scouting themes

36

 

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