100 years of Scouting

"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 Oath

Around the time our pioneer ancestors were building the Salt Lake Temple in 1875, Robert F.F. Baden-Powell joined the British Army in England. Two beginnings that would eventually merge to help Mormon boys grow into LDS men.

This year, the United States celebrates 100 years of Boy Scouting — a program of traditions, uniforms, good turns and brotherhood. Scouting has been a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 97 years. An organization that teaches duty to God and country has also proved a good teacher in helping young men prepare for missions, marriage and a lifetime of priesthood responsibilities.

Through his experiences in the army, Powell decided to write a military book on scouting techniques. In 1903, Powell returned from a transfer to South Africa to find that his book, "Aids for Scouting," was being used by young people. He decided to revise the book to fit youth and titled it "Scouting for Boys."

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