Scouting Around the World
In the United States
Chicago publisher William D. Boyce was visiting England in 1900. Boyce was lost on a foggy street in London when an unknown Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. As a reward for the help received, Boyce offered the boy a tip, but the boy refused, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn.
Boyce was so impressed by the character of the young Scout, that soon afterwards, he met with General Baden-Powell. Months later, Boyce returned to America and founded the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. More than 110 million Americans have been Scouts; current youth membership is approximately 4 million.
In Latin America
Scouting was introduced in Latin America, one nation at a time, by different individuals specific to each country. Most of the founders of Scouting in each of the countries in Latin America had had an opportunity to see or hear first-hand about the value of Scouting for all youth.
Here are a few dates and facts about a few Scout organizations in Latin America:
Mexico: Scouting started in 1920 and grew to its current 33,476 youth members.
Argentina: The origins of Scouting were almost simultaneous with its appearance in England in 1907; it has 38,537 members.
Venezuela: Scouting was founded in 1913; it now has 15,877 youth members.
Colombia: Scouting was introduced in Colombia by Miguel Jimenez, who founded the association in 1913; it currently has 12,194 youth members.
Guatemala: Founded in 1920; it has 11,272 members.
Costa Rica: Founded in 1915; it has over 10,000 youth members. An interesting fact: All Costa Rican university students, studying to be teachers, need to take a mandatory college course on the educational value of Scouting.
Other Parts of the World
Mexico, Argentina, the United States and other nations have a single national Scouting organization. But other countries, especially in Europe, have several separate Scout organizations, divided by religion or language, with different uniforms, advancement, and national hierarchies. The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), established in 1920, governs most of these national Scout organizations around the world.
Spain: Scouting in Spain was founded in 1912, with the organization fully legalized in 1977; it has 58,744 Scouts.
Australia: Scouting in Australia was founded as early as 1908; it currently has 63,200 members.
India: Founded in 1909 as an overseas branch, India established its own National Scout Association in 1938; it has 2,678,622 members.
Famous and Prominent Scouts...just to name a few!
Neil A. Armstrong - First person to set foot on Moon
Raymond Berry - NFL Hall of Fame player
Vint Cerf - Father of the Internet
William C. Devries, M.D. - Transplanted First Artificial Heart
Michael Eisner - CEP of The Walt Disney Company
Jake Garn - Retired Senator and Astronaut
Douglas Ivester - Former CEO of the Coca Cola Company
Tom Jones - Space Shuttle Columbia Astronaut
John F. Kennedy - President of the United States
Hank Ketcham - Creator of "Dennis the Menace"