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Boy Scouts of America



  • Existence: 1910-

Administrative History

The Boy Scouts of America (est. 1910) is currently the largest scouting organization in the United States.

The Boy Scouts of America, was founded in the United States in 1910 by W. D. Boyce and Robert Baden-Powell, though Baden-Powell first began the movement in England in 1907. The organization was incorporated to teach boys "patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values." From the beginning, scouts were encouraged to serve their communities and participate actively in outdoor activities like camping and hiking. The program was granted a federal charter on June 15, 1916.

Though membership has declined in recent years, Scouts BSA remains one of the largest youth organizations and the largest scouting organization in the U.S., with about 2.3 million participants and 1 million adult volunteers. Councils and lodges are found all over the country. In 2018, the organization began accepting female scouts to the program, leading to the name change in 2019 from "Boy Scouts of America" to the more general "Scouts BSA".

Citation:, via WWW, June 24, 2019 (Scouts BSA; previously known as the Boy Scouts of America, BSA, B.S.A.; scouting movement began in England in 1907; founded in 1910 by W.D. Boyce and Robert Baden-Powell; teach boys "patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values"; community service and outdoor activites; federal charter granted June 15, 1916; decline in membership; 2.3 million participants and 1 million adult volunteers; began accepting female scouts in 2018; name change in 2019).

Its Scouting family camping directory, c1981: t.p. (Boy Scouts of America) p. 1 (BSA)

The history of the Lone Scouts through memorabilia, c1996: p. 2 (in March 1924 the Lone Scouts of America merged with the Boy Scouts of America; the Lone Scouts program became the official Boy Scout program for rural boys) (Boĭ-skautov Ameriki (BSA))

Information from 678 converted Dec. 19, 2014 (Incorporated 1910; granted federal charter June 15, 1916)

Díaz Hernández, L.E. Historia del Concilio de Puerto Rico (Boy Scouts of America), 2013- : 1a parte, p. 7 (Niños Eschuchas de América)

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

Charlie Redd community papers, 1951-1971

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5883 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains papers regarding community organizations that Charlie Redd was a part of, including the Boy Scouts of America. Materials date from 1951 to 1971.

Dates: 1951-1971

Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scout letters, 1928-2011

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9230 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains letters personally written between Scout program leaders and other leaders, and between leaders and individual BSA scouts containing information regarding the BSA program in their respective areas. Includes letters to and from McDaniel as well. Materials created from 1928 to 2010.

Dates: 1928-2011

Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scout newsletters, 1960-2019

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9230 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains printed newsletters and bulletins composed and distributed periodically by national and local, Utah scouting organizations. These were given/sent to Boy Scouts and their leaders giving information regarding local Boy Scout news and national scouting news. Materials created 1964-2017.

Dates: 1960-2019

Craig McDaniel collection of Boy Scout uniforms and insignia, 1927-2019

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9230 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains Boy Scout uniform pieces including ties, caps, socks, badges, and belts, collected by Craig McDaniel. Materials created between 1927 and 2017.

Dates: 1927-2019

Craig McDaniel general papers on Boy Scouts, 1919-2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9230 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains pamphlets and other published materials intended to instruct scouts and their leaders regarding rank advancement and general BSA procedure. Contains cards meant to accompany merit badges and other BSA awards. Materials created 1927-2007.

Dates: 1919-2013

Craig McDaniel papers on Boy Scouts in Utah, 1924-2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9230 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains organizational and administrative papers for the BSA program in Utah, predominately regarding the Utah National Parks Council and the Tu-Cubin-Noonie OA lodge. Materials especially pertain to National Jamboree outings from 1995 to 2010. Materials created 1938-2003.

Dates: 1924-2013

Larry W. Doman collection on Rulon Wallace Doman

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7804
Scope and Contents

Contains newspaper clippings, letters, journals, and scouting papers of Rulon W. Doman. Most of the materials document his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Mexico or his service with the Boy Scouts of America. Dated 1922-1990.

Dates: 1922-1990

Robert Ellison Western photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 115
Scope and Contents Collection includes two hundred and thirty photographs, including oversize images, one tintype, and a Brady photograph, with images of the oil industry and oil fields, landscapes of the West, G. A. Custer, and Ellison family and friends; stereographs of Indian wars, Wyoming; various western personalities and places; and postcards. Also includes four photographs and a postcard of Edward Copely and family. Also a picture of the printing shop at the "Old Nez Pierce Mission", and a postcard of...
Dates: approximately 1880-1949

J. M. Boutwell papers on the Boy Scouts of America, approximately 1902-1953

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1647 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains papers relating to the involvement of J. M. Boutwell in the Boy Scouts of America, especially in Utah. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, participation charts, game and song sheets, membership cards, leadership training and tips, bulletins and other Boy Scout serials, administrative details (meeting/committee/conference details, programs, statistics and reports), events, and miscellaneous items, including a manuscript of the Okla Itanaha tribe brave initiation ritual. ca....
Dates: approximately 1902-1953

James Stewart correspondence, 1977

Identifier: MSS 2157 Series 9
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Contains correspondence by Stewart, as well as event invitations. Includes information on Stewart's business, political, and service activities. Materials date from between 1955 and 1997.

Dates: 1977