One hundred years ago, an idea came to America by way of a Good Turn. One hundred years of Good Turns later, the Boy Scouts of America has not changed its fundamental goals. The Boy Scouts of America has cultivated a belief in service and a spirit of adventure in more than 120 million Americans. Please join the Northern Lights Council in celebrating the Boy Scouts of America’s 100 years of service to the community. The Boy Scouts of America was formally organized in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 1910.

For 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has taught timeless values, strengthened leadership skills, and guided America’s youth on their journey to adulthood. The BSA connects adult leaders with talented youth, youth with their communities, and members of those communities with each other through volunteerism. With each rank advancement comes new challenges, new adventures, and new friends for all Scouts and all those who accompany them along the way. BSA alumni share memories that last a lifetime.

Scouting’s contribution to society is most visible in the movement’s commitment to community service. Service is interwoven into many of Scouting’s honors and is mandatory for earning the higher rank advancements . . . look at the many Eagle Scout projects in our communities. Through service, Scouts demonstrate that they provide an essential function to their communities.

Since 1910, Scouting has provided community service from leading the recycling effort through World War II to national good turns through Scouting for Food, the Boy Scouts have been there when America needed us. Scouting is about giving of yourself and helping others. The Scout Slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily” comes to life as Scouts participate in service projects. The Northern Lights Council’s Scouting for Food Drive is scheduled for March 20 – 27, 2010 across the State of North Dakota, 18 counties in NW Minnesota and 2 counties each in Montana and South Dakota.

The Boy Scouts of America believes in the youth of today because they are the future leaders of tomorrow. The purposes of Scouting have not changed over the years. Scouting still strives to build character, instill ideals of good citizenship and foster personal fitness in young people.

Happy Birthday Scouting! 100 Years of the Boy Scouts of America!  The Northern Lights Council and its Scouting units have many celebration events scheduled for 2010 – check with your local Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops to find out what they are doing to celebrate 100 years of Scouting!

Let us know what you think about 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America – we want to hear from you.  Were you a Scout?

Scouting builds: character, leadership, achievement, service to others and appreciation for the outdoors. Be a Scout! Re-connect and re-engage with Scouting at www.BSAalumni.org 

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