Re: Change and the BSA
Don Newcomb (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Wed, 24 Jun 1992 09:46:53 CDT
Some time back I was looking for references on the early history of Scouting
and the BSA. Paul Malchow recommended I get a copy of "The Boy Scouts: An
American Adventure". I got a copy via ILL from my local library. I am quite
impressed that, while it is written with a light coat of historical varnish,
it does not hide the disputes and personality conflicts that have been a
part of Scouting from the earliest days. (e.g. Seton vs West)
The book also follows many of the changes that Boy Scouting has undergone
during the last 80+ years. I would recommend this book to anyone who is
interested in a historical perspective on Scouting and the historical
changes in the Movement.
In particular, some might find it very interesting that both "reverent" and
"morally straight" were additions made by James West and not the ideas of
either Baden-Powell or Seton. Seton, it seems, did not feel that it was
a good idea for a boy to pledge loyalty to his country. The changes that
West made to the program seem to have a lot to do with Seton leaving the
BSA in 1915.
All-in-all a very interesting book.
Donald R. Newcomb U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office
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