About Boy Scouts

About Boy Scouts, history and facts. The BSA has a long history, starting in 1910. Learn about key moments in those 100 years.

“I think that American leadership is vital to peace and prosperity and the advancement of democracy in the world, and that requires having strong leaders. And I don’t think there’s any organization in the world, certainly not in the United States, that better prepares young men for leadership in this country than the Boy Scouts of America–in teaching leadership skills, in teaching values, in teaching importance of standing up for what’s right.”
~Bob Gates, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

“I’ve never forgotten my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn’t know it at the time, but what really came out of my Scouting experience was learning how to lead and serve the community. It has come in handy in my career in government.”
~Lloyd Bentsen, former Secretary of the Treasury

“I think the character that you learn in Scouting—working together, being honest with each other, being close knit … and depending on one another, on our camping trips and doing things—all these things build character in a young man that he takes with him into adulthood and makes him a much better citizen. And that’s why Scouting to me has always been an organization I’ve always wanted to help. I think it’s one of the best youth organizations that we … have in this country.”
~James A. Lovell Jr., President, Lovell Communications, and Mission Astronaut, Apollo 13

“Scouting exposes young men to people and experiences that encourage and nurture positive moral values. But we mustn’t take Scouting for granted. You can do nothing more important for young people today than to continue, or begin, your support of Scouting. I have never met anyone with devoted Scouting experience who was not a solid citizen, a loyal friend, and a patriot. We need more of them.”
~Wallace G. Wilkinson, former Governor of Kentucky

Becoming an Eagle. The highest rank in the BSA, Eagle Scouts have a long history of being recognized for their service and dedication. Eagle Scouts have been astronauts, politicians, athletes, actors, even President of the United States. It is a distinguished list with a distinguished history.


The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.



Last revised on October 14, 2015