Boy Scouts, LDS Church to mark 'A Century of Honor'
In 1909, Chicago publisher W. D. Boyce was visiting London, where he encountered a boy who came to be known as the Unknown Scout. Boyce was lost on a foggy street when this Unknown Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. The boy then refused Boyce's tip for helping him find his way, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his daily good turn.
Interested in the Scouting program, Boyce met with General Baden-Powell, who was Chief Scout at the time in Great Britain. Upon his return to the U.S., Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910. The BSA's stated purpose at its incorporation was "to teach [boys] patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."
Edgar M. Robinson and Lee F. Hanmer became interested in the BSA movement and convinced Boyce to turn the program over to the YMCA for development in1910.
In January 1911, Robinson turned the movement over to James E. West, who became the first Chief Scout Executive and Scouting began to expand in the U.S.
An official charter between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America was signed on June 13, 1913. This charter led to the LDS church becoming the largest organization to host scouting in America.
That 100th anniversary is the cause of a celebration commemorating the anniversary of the partnership between the LDS Church and Scouting which will be held in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Oct. 29. But the celebration will not be restricted to only Salt Lake, but will take place across the United States, including in Price.
At 5 p.m. in Washington Park next Tuesday the event will begin with a flag ceremony and from there a myriad of activities will take place in the park. A hot dog and chips dinner will be served and fun activities and displays will be available for all that come.
At 7 p.m. a there will be broadcast of the ceremonies from Salt Lake. Those that want to view A Century of Honor will be able to see it live at both the North and South Price Stake Centers.
According to Jae Potter, President of the Price North Stake, the event and broadcast is open to everyone and to scouts regardless of their affiliation.
"We want all scouts to come to this celebration," he said. "It is to honor scouting."
The North Price Stake Center is across the street from Washington Park. Overflow seating will be at the South Price Stake Center (100 South and 500 East).
According to the Century of Honor website the program is a tribute to scouting. The broadcast will focus on scouting's history, as well at the virtues and values of scouting shared by all chartered partners.
The broadcast will also be posted on the LDS Churches scouting website (scouts100.lds.org) within 24 hours after the program so people that can't attend can view it.