2010 is the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Throughout the year I will be posting files that outline the history of the BSA upon this page. In each chapter, I have appended not only the references where I originally obtained the information, but also a list of suggested books and articles for further reading. Much of the information is now available on the Internet. Let me know if there is anything you would like to know more information about.
– Bill Nelson, Salt River District, Grand Canyon Council
A Pictorial History (Microsoft Power Point format 7MB - Right Click and save file as)
All files below in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. After clicking on the link, give them time to load.
Yarn 9 - History of the Patrol Method in the BSA
The Patrol Method is the primary method of teaching in the Boy Scout program. Interestingly, it was not fully introduced by the BSA until 1936. This is a short history of how that came to be.
Yarn 9a - William Hillcourt's Introduction of the Patrol Method to
"Get an easy chair and place it in a corner of the Troop meeting room.
If you can sink into it just after the opening ceremony and just sit
throughout the meeting, without a worry for its success, without lifting a
finger or moving a foot until time comes for the closing-well, then your Troop
is run on the Patrol Method-your boy leaders are actually leading."
Tools, Games and Crafts:
Making a Commando Rope
Why a Boy Carries a Staff
Uses of a Scout Stave
SCOUTCRAFT FILE - Misc. Skills and Games
Boy Scouts First Arizona Troop, In their Sunday Best - They had no uniforms, Tombstone, Arizona, C.1911
What Scout Camping was like in 1911
Games Boy Scouts Played in 1910
Boy Scout Advancement Games from Tenderfoot to First Class
Games for Scouts by A. W. N. MacKenzie
Scouting Time Line
Faces of our Founders
Their names are splashed across Scout councils, camps, museums, and awards. So who were the men who created the Boy Scouts of America? Check out our quick introduction to nine of Scouting's key founders.
100th Anniversary Issue
The History Cub Scouting
History of Senior Scouting Programs of the BSA
Topics covered: Senior Scouts, Seascouts/Sea Scouts/Sea Explorers/Sea Scouts, Rover Scouts, Air Scouts/Air Explorers/Aviation Exploring, Explorer Scouts, Explorers, Exploring, Senior Scouts/Explorers in Troops, Senior Degree Honor Society, Emergency Service, Leadership Corps, Varsity Scouts, Venture/Varsity, Venturing, LFL/Exploring
The History and Purpose of the Order of the Arrow
Even More History of the Order of the Arrow
The Arizona Scouting Museum
Scouting in Arizona – Wikipedia entry
Famous BSA Scouts
History of Philmont Scout Ranch
History of Florida Sea Base
History of Northern Tier
The Patrol System and Letters to a Patrol Leader by Roland Philipps. The first Patrol Leader handbook and the source of the saying, "The Patrol Method is not just a method of Scouting, it is the only method.
Aids to Scoutmastership B-P's Scoutmaster Handbook.
Scouting for Boys B-P's classic. Where it all began.
A lot more books from the early days of Scouting in England.
Page last updated 4/29/2012