Re: 1904 worlds fair & scouts ????
Randy Worcester (RandyWoo@AOL.COM)
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 19:25:24 -0500
In a message dated 95-11-15 11:10:14 EST, it was written:
> Since BSA in the USA did not officially start in the USA
> until 1910, and 1907 in England, could these REALLY have
> been SCOUTS at the 1904 worlds fair?
From a piece of correspondence dated 7/4/1916 by Baden-Powell:
"I had certainly never heard the title "Boy Scouts" before I applied it to
boy training in Britain in 1907.
I chose it because this training was based in principle and detail on that
which I had employed for many years previously in training soldier Scouts in
The term "Scoutmaster" for their officers was one which I adopted from Oliver
Cromwell's officer's ranks, among which there were "Scout Masters".
This essentially states that the term Boy Scouts did not exist prior to his
use of the term. Seton has his Woodcraft Indians in 1902 and Beard had his
Son's Of Daniel Boone even earlier. Beard wrote the American Boy's Handy
Book in 1882.
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