Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the boy scouting movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated, Feb. 8, 1910.
Robert Baden-Powell was educated at Charterhouse, London, and joined the English hussars in 1876. As a soldier for the British Empire, Robert Baden-Powell served in India, Afghanistan, and South Africa. In 1895, he commanded native troops in Ashanti, and later served in the Matabele campaign.
During the South African Boer War, Baden-Powell's 1,200 men were besieged for 217 days by an overwhelming boer army of 8,000 at Mafeking. In spite of famine and sickness, his resourcefulness succeeded in defeating his position and saving him until May 12, 1900. He was promoted to the rank of Major General.
In 1912, Robert Baden-Powell married Olave St. Clair Soames, and in 1939 they moved to a cottage in Kenya. Sir Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scout Organization in 1908 to promote morality and good citizenship in the rising generation. He helped his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell found the Girl Guides in 1910.
Sir Robert Baden-Powell's works include:
The Boy Scouts, born in the world, with membership over 25 million.
In a 1917 pamphlet on Scouting, Baden-Powell wrote an introduction, "Scouting & Christianity," stating: "Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity."
Robert Baden-Powell wrote in "Scouting for Boys," 1908: "We love for the practice of Christianity in their everyday life and dealings, and not only the profession of its theology on Sundays. … There is a vast reserve of loyal patriotism and Christianity in our nation to-day, mainly because of it. … In this joyous brotherhood is open to all. … It gives every man his chance of service for his fellow-men and for God. "
Baden-Powell wrote in "Scouting for Boys," 1908: "No man is much better than he believes in God and obeys His laws. … First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbor. "
Baden-Powell wrote in "Aids to Scoutmastership," 1919: "Development of a natural outlook with a respect for God. … Reverence to God and reverence for one's neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God. "
The Scout Handbook, 5th edition (1948) explained "A Scout is Reverent": "The Scout shows true reverence in two main ways. First, you pray to God, you love God and you serve Him. Secondly, in your everyday actions you help other people, because they are made by God to God's own likeness. You and all men are made by God to God's own likeness. You are all about the sight of God because God made you. The 'unalienable rights' in our historic Declaration of Independence, come from God. That is why you respect others whose religion and customs may differ from yours. "
The Scout Handbook, 5th edition (1948), in the section "Duty to God," has been approved to be "faithful to God's Commandments": "You worship God with your family in your church or synagogue. You try to follow the religious teachings that you have been teaching, and you are faithful in your church school duties, and help in church activities. Above all you are faithful to Almighty God's Commandments. Most great men in history have been men of deep religious faith. Washington knelt in the snow to pray at Valley Forge. Lincoln always sought Divine guidance before each important decision. Be proud of your religious faith. Remember in doing your duty to God, to be grateful to Him. Whenever you succeed in doing something well, thank Him for it. Sometimes when you look up in the starlit sky you have a quiet night, and feel close to Him-thank Him on the Giver of all good things. One way to express your duty and your thankfulness to God is to help others, and this too, is a part of your Scout promise. "
On May 1, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued a National Boy Scout Week: "The Boy Scout movement should not be preserved, but strengthened. It deserves the support of all public-spirited citizens. … Every nation depends for its future on the proper training and development of its youth. "
On July 25, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge addressed to a gathering of Boy Scouts in New York headed to Copenhagen: "The three fundamentals of reverence for nature … reverence for law … The third is a reverence for God. It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. … Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics to not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full capabilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is part of an unending plan. "
Honoring Sir Robert Baden-Powell, May 1, 1926, before the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Washington, DC, President Calvin Coolidge said to scout binds himself to be "morally straight": "We are delighted to honor this evening Sir Robert Baden-Powell. This distinguished British general is well known all over the world. … It has been dignified by a Scout of America charter in 1916, and thus ranks in the popular mind with the two other organizations which have been similarly honored, the Red Cross and the American Legion. The boy on becoming a scout binds himself. … 1. To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the scout law; 2. To help other people at all times; 3. To keep me physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. "
Calvin Coolidge continued: "The 12 articles in these scout laws … affirmative rules of conduct. Members must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. How comprehensive this list! What a formula for developing moral and spiritual character! … It would be a perfect world if everyone exemplified these virtues. … Boys are taught to practice the principles and principles of right living and to act for themselves. They learn … self-control. … We hear much from the decline in the influence of religion, of the loosening of the home, of the lack of discipline – all tending to break down reverence and respect for the laws of God and man. There is no substitute for the influences of the home and of religion. These take on the nature of the individual and play a very dominant part in the formation of personality and character. … Nothing else can ever take its place. … "
Coolidge added: "The Boy Scout movement can never be … a substitute but … an ally of strict parental control and family life under religious influences. The last item in the scout 'duodecalogue' is impressive. It declares that a scout shall be reverent. 'He is reverent to God,' the paragraph reads. 'He is faithful in his religious duties, and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion' In the past I have declared my belief that our Government rests upon religion; That religion is the source of our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. … "
Coolidge concluded, warning of the "wages of sin is death": "The Boy Scout movement designed the various religious denominations have found it a most helpful agency. We know too well what fortune overtakes those who try to live in opposition to these standards. They become … outlaws. However they can boast of their freedom from all restraints … they are immediately recognized. … Their short existence is under greater and greater restrictions, in terror of the law, in arrest, or in imprisonment. Instead of gaining freedom, they become slaves of their own evil doing, realizing the scriptural assertion that they are the servants of sin and that the wages of sin is death. The Boy Scout movement has been instituted in the order of the youth, instead of falling under the domination of clothes and actions that lead only to destruction, may come under the discipline of a training that leads to eternal life. "
President Franklin D. Roosevelt emphasized "moral responsibility," Feb. 8, 1939: "These boys, so full of promise for the future … should be regarded as a national trust. Ours is the duty to inculcate in the Scout mind those simple but fundamental principles which embrace strength of body, alertness of mind and, above these and growing out of them, that sense of moral responsibility.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated greeted Boy Scouts, Feb. 8, 1940: "Boy Scouts … is … truly American. God grant that it may ever remain so. … Our 12th scout law specifically expresses the spiritual ideals of scouting. … It affirms the importance of religion in the life of the individual and the life of the nation and emphasizes the necessity of respect for the convictions of other people. Religious freedom is basic in Americanism. It is a tradition upon which our country is founded. "
On Feb. 7, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Certainly those who help to make boys, mentally awake, and morally straight in these times. America. "
Broadcast over radio, Chairman Franklin D. Roosevelt, Feb. 10, 1934, the Scouts in their oath to stay "morally straight":
"I am happy to participate in the 24th Anniversary Celebration of … Boy Scouts of America. … I ask you to join with me. … all stand! Give the Scout sign! Repeat with me the Scout Oath! 'On my honor I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep me physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. "
President Dwight Eisenhower stated on the 50th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, June 1, 1960: "That is the great thing about Scouting … We read in our Bibles the Parable of the Good Samaritan. … They are doing a good job in their nation of Samaritan, 'doing the same thing in this world .. Scouting is doing something …
President Dwight Eisenhower being "morally straight" in his remarks to the 44th National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, May 29, 1954: "It would be difficult for any political party or any government to … The Scout Oath – Robert E. Lee, and he said … 'We are not more than our duty. We would not wish to be less … '… Was there a time when we needed to be more … morally straight? This government, represented in its Legislature and its Executive Departments and its Judiciary, to be morally straight. "
President Gerald Ford remarked at a question-and-answer session at the Annual Convention of the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi, Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 14, 1974:
Q: "Mr. President … Senator Dole suggests that you shed your Boy Scout image and get tough with Congress and, if necessary, go over their heads … What will be your tactics? "
The President: "Well, let me preface the answer … I was a Boy Scout. I am proud of that experience. I have no apologies for it. I think they have done a great deal of good for a lot of young people, and I am not going back to school or I have been a boy Scout and doing things that I think are good for America. Now, to answer your other question. I wish there would be a lot more Boy Scouts. "
Gerald Ford remarked at the Boy's Scouts Annual Awards Dinner, Dec. 2, 1974, that the "goals" of the president should include being "morally straight": "It has been said that I am too much of a Boy Scout in the The Boy Scout Law and Boy Scout oath. They say that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. … And the Boy Scout oath is, 'On my honor, I will do my to do to my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout laws, to help other people at all times, to keep me physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. the United States, what they want their president to live up to, then … or you have the wrong man or I have the wrong country. "
President Gerald Ford stated at a Q & A session at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, March 20, 1976: "I am proud of the fact that I was an Eagle Scout, and I am proud of the Boy Scouts of America. You know, the scout oath, the Scout laws are the best guidelines I'm in your career to make your life happy and prosperous. So, if you live up to the scout oath and the scout laws … you can not go wrong. "
President Ronald Reagan commented on private-sector initiatives at a White House Briefing for National Service Leaders Organization, April 27, 1982: "After being told that the government is the answer, some people's reluctance to try a different approach is understandable. What if, for example, the Boy Scouts of America were a government program instead of a voluntary activity? Well, someone worked out what the answer to that would be. It's been estimated that just doing what the Boy Scouts are doing now … if run by the government, would cost about $ 5 1/2 billion a year. "
President Ronald Reagan remarked at a White House Luncheon commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Feb. 8, 1985: "Scouts have walked on the Moon, become president, and won the Heisman Trophy. Today they serve as Secretaries, as my Press Secretary, and in the Congress. In fact, about two-thirds of the Members of the Congress have been in the Boy Scouts … how nice it would have been if the Boy Scouts had a merit badge for a balanced budget amendment. "
President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5421 – 75th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Dec. 15, 1985: "The Boy Scouts of America, our nation's largest organization for young people, has served our youth since 1910. Thanks to dedicated adult volunteers, more than 70 million young people have learned Scouting's lessons of patriotism, courage, and self-reliance over the past 75 years. "
President George H. W. Bush remarked at the Boy Scout National Jamboree in Bowling Green, Virginia, Aug. 7, 1989: "The Boy Scouts has played a leadership role in preparing a generation for space exploration. It's no coincidence that half of all astronauts were once scouts: Admiral Richard Truly, who ably heads NASA, is an Eagle Scout; Gus Grissom, an American hero who lost his life in the early space program, was a Scout; David Scott, who was the first lunar rover, was a Scout; And Jim Lovell, another lunar explorer, whom I'm told is with us today. And I guess, Jim, if you're here, it's true what they say: Eagle Scout, an Eagle Scout. … Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong, who made man's first step on the Moon and later felt his greetings to the Jamboree from deep space … God bless the Boy Scouts of America. "
President George H. W. Bush stated at James Madison High School, Vienna, Virginia, March 28, 1989: "People wonder and talk about … the Thousand Points of Light? … Helping some kid who may be tempted to use narcotics. … A church group doing something. … It's the Red Cross. … It is the Boy Scouts. … It is Christian Athletes. … Voluntarism. "
On Feb. 16, 2002, Dr. James Dobson addressed approximately 3,500 people at the National Religious Broadcaster's on the topic of his book, "Bringing Up Boys": "The world into which children are born. It's changed tremendously. … There is an attack on childhood. … I do not think I can not wait to see the world. … They hate the Judeo-Christian value system. And children are the vulnerable ones. And if they can get control of children … they can change the whole culture in one generation. And there is now a tsunami coming our way … and boys especially are in the bull's eye. They're in the cross-hairs. … "
Dr. Dobson continued: "The National Education Association announced … every year of every school is being taught homosexual propaganda. So they're teaching them that they are normal and that they are homosexuality and heterosexuality are morally equivalent. … Of course, Christians can not come in and counter that. … Can you imagine these children, 5-year old, how do you tell them about adult perverse behavior? And we're not concerned about that? … 42 percent of the fourth-grade boys in this country can not read, and yet, we're going to teach them that? … "
Dr. Dobson concluded: "All these things are coming to your school. … There is a concerted effort to manipulate the minds of kids. … A stem cell is a cell in the human being … that in the very early stages of development is undifferentiated. In other words, it is not yet other kinds of tissue, but it can be any direction depending on the environment it's in. … Do you understand that children are the stem cells for culture? The environment that you grow in is what they grow up to be. … I saw a video of the other day of children in Afghanistan and they were teaching these children how they could slit the throats of Israelis. If you teach that to 6-year-old boys, you will have violent men when they grow up. That's why there is this effort to control the minds of kids. It's what's behind the attack on the Boy Scouts. "
President Herbert Hoover Addressed the 20th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, March 10, 1930: "The boy is a complex of cells teeming with … curiosity. … The problem … is what to do with him in his leisure time that will … contribute to … his morals. … What will direct his interests to constructive joy instead of destructive glee. … His is the plastic period when indelible impressions must be made. "
Sir Robert Baden-Powell left a "Farewell Note" found after his death, but written before in 1929: "The hundreds of thousands of boys and girls who are learning in the near future, in whom they will turn in the inculcate of the same ideals – provided that these are really and unmistakably impressed upon them by their leaders of today … So, from my heart, I wish you God-speed in your effort. – Robert Baden-Powell. "
Sir Robert Baden-Powell warned the boy Scout organization grew to have a large staff, as stated in his farewell note: "Do not let it become an employee organization: keep it a voluntary movement of patriotic service."
Nevertheless, the Boy Scouts grew to have a large staff and a sizable financial overhead with a budget of over $ 200 million.
In 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. President and Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. Headlines ran: "Obama Boy Scouts should allow gays" (USA Today); Obama: "Yes," Boy Scouts should allow gay members (CBS News); President Obama: Boy Scouts should let in gay members (Washington Post).
At the same time, organized pressure to be applied to the Boy Scouts to embrace the gay agenda. Faced with declining membership and income, it is said that the Boy Scouts abandoned its century old definition of "morally straight" and allowed entry into those engaging in homosexual behavior.
After 1,400 voting members narrowly passed the change to allow gay scouts on May 23, 2013, leaving many volunteers feeling feeling betrayed.
Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense in the Obama Administration, advanced the gay agenda in the U.S. military beginning in 2010. Gates went on to become president of the Boy Scouts, where he advanced the same agenda by allowing gay scout leaders beginning in 2015.
Franklin Graham Responds: "Robert Gates, shame on you for not having moral courage to do what is right. Yesterday Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, called for an end to the group of gay leaders. What are you thinking? We should not change the culture of change blow through society; we need to stand up for God's truth and things that are morally right. This move is bending to LGBT activist groups and would be young, innocent boys at risk. "
Looking at the transformation of the Boy Scouts, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released a letter, Feb. 18, 2016: "For several years, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, along with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been investigating concerned about Girls Scouts USA. … This is especially troubling in regards to sex education and advocacy for 'reproductive rights' (i.e. abortion and contraceptive access, even for minors). In addition, recent questions about GSUSA and their position on homosexual issues are proving problematic. … Concerns are also continuing to surface with Boy Scouts of America (BSA). While the new BSA leadership policy currently offers some protection to religious organizations, I continue to wonder in this direction.
On Aug. 23, 2017, The Dallas Morning News published an article citing: "a sharply worded letter from the Girl Scouts of the USA accuses the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America of conducting a covert campaign to recruit girls into its programs to boost the Boy Scouts' falling membership. "
On Jan. 30, 2017, the Boy Scouts announced that it would accept transgender members.
John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, released the statement, Jan. 31, 2017: "This is a profoundly sad but inevitable decision on the part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). … Leadership of the BSA assured its membership less than four years ago when they voted to allow openly gay boys in the program that this would never happen. Now we will be exposed to the effects of child abuse. … "
Stemberger continued: "As a society, we should have a great deal of compassion in our lives. Instead, the BSA is encouraging and facilitating mental disorder that has far reaching consequences to the health and safety of children. Recently, the American College of Pediatricians released a formal position paper entitled 'Gender Identity Harms Children' urging those working with children 'to reject all the rules of the world. "
Stemberger concluded: "Further, knowing that boys and biological girls will be showering, dressing and camping in tents together a clear child protection issue which is being ignored. It is simply that it is more important that the parents of the child have the right to behave more often than not, and that this is a common practice.
On May 2, 2018, The Associated Press reported: "For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. … The name change comes amid strained relations between the Boy Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. Girl Scout leaders said they were blindsided by the move. … The Girl Scouts and the BSA are among several major youth organizations in the United States experiencing sharp drops in membership in recent years. "
On May 21, 2018, New Outlets reported (WND, Bob Unruh, 5/21/18) "Condoms required at Scouts' 24th World Jamboree":" The World Scout Committee is demanding that host nations ensure that they are easily accessible for all participants and IST (staff) at a number of locations on the site. … Heads of Contingent must be informed in advance and made aware of their responsibility by their Participants, Unit Leaders, Contingent Staff, and IST in an appropriate way. "The Jamboree, whose theme is" Unlock a New World, " will also allow alcohol in some locations. "
John Stemberger noted: "The fact that they are so condoms that they are 'readily accessible' and are communicating this to everyone – including youth participants – shows that the BSA is both anticipating and facilitating this behavior. These policies are both outrageous and completely irresponsible. "
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