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Scouts Mark Organization's 100th Birthday

Scouts Mark Organization's 100th Birthday

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(KSL News) It's a happy birthday today and a momentous occasion for the scouting program.

Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years in existence. Today in Orem scouts young and old gathered for a sunrise ceremony and flag raising. Participants say they have high hopes for the future of scouting and keeping the program's traditions alive.

The scouting mission is to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices in their lifetime, by instilling values early on.

There are more than 28 million young people around the world in the Boy Scouts who were also celebrating their centennial.

Scouts Mark Organization's 100th Birthday

At sunrise on the British Isle of Brownsea, boy and girl scouts from all over marked scouting's birthday exactly where it started a century ago, with a promise.

On August 1, 1907, retired British General Robert Baden-Powell took nearly two dozen boys to Brownsea Island for a camping trip, to not only introduce them to living outdoors, but to living life.

Lord Baden Powell is the son of the founder. He says, "He always said that if you could get all the children of the world and put them in charge, there would be no war."

Scouting soon spread to girls as well as boys all over the world. Today's celebration includes scouts from more than 160 countries.

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