Since its earliest days the Boy Scouts of America have cultivated leadership and good citizenship, a service that has been recognized since its establishment. Boy Scouts have been an integral part of our country ever since.
At the American Legion’s first National Convention in Minneapolis in 1919, the American Legion gave approval and support to the Boy Scout movement. Posts began to sponsor Boy Scout units following the convention, but organized guidance and cooperation did not take place until 1922 when the Boy Scout program was included in the activities of the Americanism Commission.
American Legion chartering of Boy Scout units has steadily increased over the years. On average, Legion Posts have either chartered or sponsored approximately 2,500 scouting units (Cub Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Varsity Teams, and Venturing Crews) nationwide on an annual basis, totalling over 79,000 BSA registered members. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country’s youth. Few other post activities generate more goodwill from the community.
The American Legion Department of Florida with continued cooperation of its American Legion Post’s, are expecting to sustain its existing BSA charters and steadily increase new BSA chartered units annually. During an average year Florida’s program will reach 2,500 young scouts and will expend approximately $65,000 through its chartering and sponsorship of BSA programs.
Most American Legion Post homes can accommodate BSA units with a safe, non-alcoholic meeting location on a regular basis or will assist BSA units in finding a suitable area to meet as well as rendezvous points for fund raisers and other community activities.