June 15, 1916: Wilson signed the National Charter for the Boy Scouts of America

June 16, 2010

Troop 1, Brownsville, Texas, May 20, 1916 - photo by Robert Runyon (U of Texas image via Library of Congress)

Troop 1, Brownsville, Texas, May 20, 1916 - photo by Robert Runyon (The Center for American History and General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin; via American Memory, Library of Congress)

On June 15, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the law granting a national charter to the Boy Scouts of America, which had been incorporated six years earlier.  The charter is now encoded at 36 USC 309.

The purposes of the corporation are to promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods that were in common use by boy scouts on June 15, 1916.

Good goals then, good goals now — maybe more important now.

Have you volunteered to be a leader?

Resources (and councils where I’ve Scouted and volunteered):

Tip of the old scrub brush to the Bill of Rights Institute on Facebook.

Brownsville Troop 1, May 20, 1916 - LOC and U of Tex (Am Memory) RUN07730

Click here for a larger view of the Troop 1 of Brownsville, Texas, in 1916

Brownsville Troop 1, May 20, 1916 - LOC and U of Tex (Am Memory) RUN07730

Click here for a larger view of a second photo of Troop 1 of Brownsville, Texas, in 1916


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