By Danielle Sturgis | February 7 2010 08:11

February 8 marks the 100th birthday of Boy Scouts of America, one of the NRA's cooperative youth organizations. 

For one hundred years, BSA has taught young men the basic values of being “Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Clean, Brave and Reverent.” Of equal importance, the program emphasizes a respect and enjoyment of the outdoors, including various firearm safety courses. 

Read more about the Scouts in this article, published in Texas' TimesRecordNews:

Celebrating 100th birthday of the Scouting program

It’s a yearlong event where BSA will reintroduce to America the positive contributions Scouting makes in communities across the country and in the lives of our country’s youth. Nationally, as well as locally, the 100th Anniversary celebration will include other major events, activities, and initiatives to engage nearly 3 million youth and 1.2 million volunteers; an estimated 50 million Scouting alumni; and the general public across this nation. Bob Mazucca, BSA’s Chief Scout Executive, stated, “Our goal is not simply to recognize 100 years of service. Our expectation is that this anniversary will lay the foundation for making the BSA better and stronger for its next 100 years.”

The Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 4.7 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with more than 302 councils throughout the United States. It is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. It’s a program that has inspired a nation.

For 100 years, Scouting has been helping the youth of America find, in themselves and in the world around them, more than they thought possible. It’s legacy is a century of building character and instilling, in our nation’s youth, a spirit of achievement and of success. At its center is God, family, patriotism, responsibility, leadership, and respect.

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