Mint Stamp Sheet Commemorates
100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America
This neat sheet features stamps honoring three of the Boy Scouts' High Adventure Bases. These recreation facilities provide Boy Scouts with the opportunity to enjoy wilderness training in canoeing, backpacking, sailing and more.
History of the Boy Scouts in America
In 1905, Dan Beard became the editor of the wildlife magazine Recreation. While there, he founded the “Sons of Daniel Boone” youth group, later renamed “Boy Pioneers of America.” The group was based on the frontier traditions Beard had learned as a boy in Kentucky. And, like Robert Baden Powell’s Boy Scout Organization in England, “The Sons of Daniel Boone” promoted outdoor recreation.
In 1910, Beard’s Boy Pioneers merged with Boy Scouts becoming the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Beard continued to serve in a leadership role in Boy Scouts until his death in 1941. He was BSA’s first National Commissioner and Chairman of the Court of Honor. In addition, he was an editor for the Boy Scout magazine, “Boy’s Life.” For his service, Daniel Beard received the only Boy Scout Gold Eagle Badge ever awarded.