Did You Know?
Many famous Americans were Scouts and Eagle Scouts? To see just a few noteworthy famous Eagle Scouts, check out the Famous Eagle Scouts page.
Listed below are just a few noteworthy Scouts.
George W. Bush
Jon Bon Jovi
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr
John F. Kennedy
James "Jimmy" Stewart
Scouting Started in the UK
Scouting may have originated in the UK after Robert Baden-Powell founded the organization in 1907, but the Scouting movement itself now spans 216 countries, with over 38 million Scout and Guide members.
International organizations vary across the globe with different uniforms, traditions and activities but all hold the same core values.
Boy Scouts of America started by chance
The Scouts website says: “The big step across the Atlantic, and into the United States, came more by chance. In 1909, an American business man, William Boyce, was lost in the fog of London, when a small boy approached him, and offered to take him to his hotel. Once there, the boy refused any offer of money for the service, saying that it was his good turn as a Boy Scout.
Boyce was intrigued by this and tracked down B-P. before he left London to learn more. When he got back to the USA, he went about setting up the Boy Scouts of America.”
Indonesia has the highest number of Scouts
The national Scouting organization of Indonesia, Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia, has over 17 million members making it the world’s largest Scouting organization.
Many think that as it originated here, UK Scouting would be the world’s largest but actually only comes in around ninth (as of 2012).
Only 5 countries in the world don’t have Scouting
Five countries around the world don’t have any kind of Scouting organization in their country. They include: Andorra, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vatican City – the last of which often isn’t included.
Up until 2008, even Mainland China didn’t have a Scouting organization, but now have various Scouting activities.