Boy Scout Day
When : Always February 8th
Boy Scout Day celebrates the birthday of Scouting in America. On February 8, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouting groups across the country celebrate this day. Often a cake will be served at the weekly meeting or on a campout. Scout Sunday, the Sunday nearest the 8th of February, will often be marked with a church service, followed by a pancake breakfast.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts offer a tremendously valuable program of life skills and values for millions of boys. It has been popular ever since Lord Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in the early 1900s in Great Brittain. The top award of Eagle Scout, is an accomplishment that reaps recognition, rewards, and benefits for a young man throughout his life.
Interesting Scouting Facts:
In 2012, there were 2,658,794 Boys in the scouting program, and 1,039,825 scout leaders. Source: BSA website.
British Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in Britain. In 1907, he published the first scouting manual, titled Scouting for Boys.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell was born on February 22, 1857.
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, founded Girl Guides. The wife of Lord Baden-Powell, she was also born on February 22 (1889).
The Boy Scout motto is "Do a good turn daily."
Where was Lord Baden-Powell buried? It comes a surprise to most, to learn that Lord Baden-Powell, and his wife are buried in Nyeri, Kenya, about three hours from Nairobi.
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This Day in History February 8th
Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. (1587)
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, rebels against Queen Elizabeth I – the revolt is quickly crushed. (1601)
The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II. (1693)
Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain. (1817)
Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate. (1837)
In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.) (1865)
The first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii. (1885)
The Dawes Act authorizes the President of the United States to survey Native American tribal land and divide it into individual allotments. (1887)
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce. (1910)
D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles. (1915)
President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House. (1922)
Capital punishment: The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber takes place in Nevada. (1924)
World War II: Japan invades Singapore. (1942)
World War II: The United Kingdom and Canada commence Operation Veritable to occupy the west bank of the Rhine. (1945)
The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, is published. (1946)
The formal creation of the Korean People's Army of North Korea is announced. (1948)
The Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, is established. (1950)
Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom. (1952)
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor". (1960)
The first eight brass star plaques are installed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (1960)
Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration. (1963)
The First full Color Television program in the World, publicly advertised, is broadcast in Mexico City by XHGC-TV, Channel 5, due to technical breakthrough advances made by Mexican Engineer Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena. (1963)
American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina. (1968)
The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time. (1971)
South Vietnamese ground troops launch an incursion into Laos to try to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail and stop communist infiltration. (1971)
After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth. (1974)
Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time. (1978)
General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settles the lawsuit the next day. (1993)
The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act. (1996)
A blizzard disrupts transportation and leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity in the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada. (2013)