Tell your scouting story |

Tell your scouting story

On Feb. 8, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th anniversary. During its first 100 years, more than 111 million young people and adult volunteers have been part of scouting.

My scoutmaster was a successful business owner, and an outstanding role model. He and other adults took us camping, helped us build kayaks, and encouraged us to succeed in school and life. He taught us how to set goals, exceed expectations, and be leaders.

Scouting is where many were first introduced to our life’s work. My scoutmaster encouraged us to continue to give back throughout our lives, and I have been an active scout leader for over 52 years.

Is scouting important in today’s world? Absolutely. The 5,000,000 youth and adults involved in scouting across the country will attest to the value of scouting’s lessons of honor, leadership, character, service, and care for the environment. scouting is America’s largest and most successful youth program.

If scouting also made a difference in your life, I encourage you to reconnect. Through the BSA Alumni Connection (, you can add your story to a new 100th Anniversary Online Scrapbook.

Doug McDonald

Penn Valley

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