From Harford County government:
(Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County Executive David R. Craig has offered special congratulations to the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of their 100th anniversary.
The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated in Washington D. C. on February 8, 1910 by William D. Boyce.
“The Boy Scouts of America is one of the most important and unique organizations supporting the youth of America,” remarked County Executive Craig. “Hundreds of thousands of young boys grew into outstanding young men as the result of scouting. I am especially proud that the Harford District of the Baltimore Area Council has a very strong scouting tradition and program available for our county’s youth,” Craig stated.
Throughout the Boys Scouts distinguished history there have been numerous milestones. Following the signing of the armistice ending World War I, Scouts rendered nationwide service during the influenza epidemic. In the 1920’s the first achievement badges were earned by physically disabled Scouts. Shortly after the declaration of war in 1941, the United States requested the Boy Scout to assist with distribution of defense bonds and stamp posters; distribution of air raid posters; and the collection of aluminum and wastepaper.
County Executive Craig was honored by the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in 2009 when he was awarded the coveted Silver Beaver Award. Craig also serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore Area Council of BSA. The Harford District of the Baltimore Area Council had 54 scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009.
“Scouting has helped the youth of America make a difference in the world, while helping build confidence and character,” County Executive Craig stated.
For more information about the Boy Scouts of America and opportunities in Scouting, visit www.scounting.org