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It all started in our Nation's Capital

Posted By BSA History, Friday, October 25, 2013

Originally posted on June 14, 2013


Did you know that BSA began right here in our city? Scoutmasters regularly met at the White House as the movement gained momentum. Presidents Taft and Wilson were instrumental in getting things started, and there’s so much more little-known history of the scouting movement right in our nation’s capital.


For example, the movement was floundering until the 1913 inauguration when police "lost” control of the crowd during a woman’s suffrage parade and Boy Scouts (who all carried staves at the time) stepped in and controlled the rowdy crowd and served first aid. The trail tells the story of scouting history with first-person interactive challenges where all the history went down.


Baden-Powell, Boyce, Juliette Low, Livingston, James West — they were all here in our city making it happen, and this National History of Scouting Trail retraces the steps from the Willard Hotel to "Boy Scout Square” to the white-house victory gardens planted and plowed by scouts and so much more.

This will be a nationally recognized trail with authorization for the attractive metals to be worn on the scout uniform.

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