Scout Sunday at
Sierra Madre Congregational Church

The Month of Feb. is the Month that Boy Socuts of America celebrates it founding, on Feb. 8 of 1910.

To Celebrate Pack 373 is leading a Flag Ceremony opening SMCC Children's Church at 9:30am.

The Cub Scouts leading the Flag Ceremony (carry a flag or guard the flag) will be picked from the Scouts at SMMC at 9:10 am.

Pack traditional celebrates Scout Sunday on the Second Sunday of Feb.

[All scouts are encouraged to wear their uniform to Church (any church) on the First Sunday of Feb., as the First Sunday of Feb. is the traditional day for Scout Sunday]

No RSVP needed

[Scout Sunday is often the first Sunday of the month, but could be any Sunday in February; it varies by Pack and Troops. Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the service. ]



The founding of BSA:

One day in 1909 in London, England, An American Visitor, William D. Boyce, lost his way in London. He stopped under a street lamp and tried to figure out where he was. A boy approached him and asked if he could be of help.

"You certainly can," said Boyce. He told the boy that he wanted to find a certain business office in the center of the city.

"I'll take you there," said the boy.

When they got to the destination, Mr. Boyce reached into his pocket for a tip. But the boy stopped him.

"No thank you, sir. I am a Scout. I won't take anything for helping."

"A Scout? And what might that be?" asked Boyce. 

The boy told the American about himself and about his scouts Troop. Boyce became very interested. After finishing his meeting, he had the boy take him to the British Scouting office. 

At the office, Boyce met Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the famous British general who had founded the Scouting movement in Great Britain. Boyce was so impressed with what he learned that he decided to bring Scouting home with him. 


On February 8, 1910, Boyce and a group of outstanding leaders founded the Boy Scouts of America. From that day forth, Scouts have celebrated February 8 as the birthday of Scouting in the United States.

What happened to the boy who helped Mr.Boyce find his way in? No one knows. He had neither asked for money nor given his name, but he will never be forgotten. His Good Turn helped bring the scouting movement to the USA.

One Good Turn to one man became a Good Turn to millions of American Boys. Such is the power of a Good Turn.


"The Daily Good Turn" by Norman Rockwell
William D. Boyce with the unknown Scout

Robert Baden-Powell
Founded the Scouting movement in Great Britain in 1907.

Baden-Powell to tested his ideas for the book "Scouting for Boys" in 1907. Twenty boys from different social backgrounds participated from August 1 to August 8, 1907 in activities around camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, lifesaving and patriotism. Recognized as the world's first Scout camp, the event is the origin of the worldwide Scout movement.
That first camp was on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbor, southern England.

This first Boy Scouting event, the boys did not have uniform shirts, but they did wear khaki scarves and were presented with brass fleur-de-lis badges, the first use of the Scout emblem. They also wore a colored knot on their shoulder indicating their patrol: green for Bulls, blue for Wolves, yellow for Curlews, and red for Ravens. The patrol leader carried a staff with a flag depicting the patrol animal. After passing tests on knots, tracking, and the national flag, they were given another brass badge, a scroll with the words Be Prepared, to wear below the fleur-de-lis.

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