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The Boy Scout's Dream
This sheet music from 1915 shows that active work helping others in nature is "The Boy Scout's Dream"

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The First Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred
August 21, 1912

It takes 21 merit awards to become an Eagle Scout, and 12 of those awards are required, such as First Aid and Citizenship of the World. The Boy Scout movement began with the 1908 publication of Scouting for Boys by British Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell. He suggested turning existing boys' groups into scout patrols. Americans at that time had a popular fascination with outdoor recreation as a means of developing a person's character.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 with President William Howard Taft as honorary president. By 1912, every state could claim a band of troops. In 1916, the government granted Scouts the right to wear a uniform similar to a U.S. armed services uniform.

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